Stephanie Reinhart

American Dance Festival co-director, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts co-artistic director

Emmy winner Stephanie Reinhart, co-director of the American Dance Festival and co-artistic director for dance at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, died Monday Sept. 23 of leukemia in New York. She was 58.

A longtime champion of modern dance, she traveled worldwide in search of troupes to introduce to American audiences.

Earlier this year, the French government honored her for her contribution to dance in France. She also won an Emmy this year as executive producer of PBS’ “Great Performances” series “Dance in America: Free to Dance . . . Steps of the Gods.”

She was with the American Dance Festival in Durham, N.C., since 1977 and served as co-director with her husband Charles since 1993. She served as co-artistic director for dance at the Kennedy Center in Washington since 1996.

U of Wis. Grad lectured frequently about modern dance and arts administration and wrote the books “East Meets West in Dance: Voices in the Cross-Cultural Dialogue” and “Dancing Female: Lives and Issues of Women in Contemporary Dance.”

She served as a panelist for the Kentucky and North Carolina state arts councils, a consultant and board member of Martha Clarke’s Crowsnest dance company and president of the board of directors of Laura Dean Dancers and Musicians.

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