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Dance's Sharon Garber earns service award

Sept. 24, 2005

KALAMAZOO--Sharon Garber, associate professor of dance at Western Michigan University, has been honored by a leading ballet organization.

CORPS de Ballet International presented Garber with its Outstanding Service Award in June during its seventh annual conference in San Francisco.

"Instituted in 2003, the Outstanding Service Award is a very special award presented by the board to exceptional members who have passionately given to the organization, and Shari certainly stands out as one of our best," says CORPS de Ballet President Christine Knoblauch-O'Neal.

Garber is a founding member of CORPS de Ballet (Council of Organized Researchers of Pedagogical Studies of Ballet), an organization for ballet teachers in higher education formed in 1997. She served as its vice president from 1998 to 2000 and president from 2000 to 2002. As president, she coordinated the 2002 conference at WMU.

Garber has served as ballet director at the WMU since joining the faculty in 1994. She received her BFA degree in 1976 from York University in Toronto. She continued her dance training in New York City with Melissa Hayden, Finis Jhung, Wilhelm Burmann and David Howard. As a professional dancer, her 12-year career included roles with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Milwaukee Ballet, Fort Worth (Texas) Ballet and Dallas Ballet, among others.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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