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Dario Moore

Dario Moore

Class of 1993

The Florida Alliance for Arts Education has honored Dario J. Moore, artistic director of The Center for Contemporary Dance, with the 2011 Doris Leeper Award for Excellence in Arts Education. Moore will be presented with the award at the alliance’s Leadership Luncheon on Friday, June 17, in Orlando.

The Doris Leeper Award for Excellence in Arts Education honors the individual who has advanced arts education through performances, exhibitions, advocacy, promotions or outreach programs to youth centers, juvenile justice programs and K-12 schools for a minimum of five years. The award was created in memory of artist and educator Doris Leeper (1929 – 2000), who made a vital and long-lasting contribution to the enhancement of the arts and the preservation of the environment in Florida.

Moore was selected to receive this year’s award for his distinguished contribution to arts education for K-12 students across five Central Florida counties. With more than 16 years of experience in arts education, Moore is also the founder and artistic director of Moore Dance Project, the area’s first and only African-American professional dance ensemble.

During the past 10 years, Moore Dance Project and The Center for Contemporary Dance have successfully presented more than 47 diverse arts-education projects through partnerships with no less than 30 organizations, including Orange, Seminole, Volusia, Lake and Osceola County public-school systems.

Arts education programs developed by Moore are recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts and engage more than 1,000 students from Florida Title I public schools each year.

Named Seminole County’s Artist of the Year (2006), Moore has served as a grant panelist for United Arts of Central Florida, a regular presenter for the Florida Dance Educator Organization, and an arts educator for public schools and universities across the state.

Moore holds a master of arts degree from American University in dance education and is an active faculty member at The Center for Contemporary Dance in Winter Park.

I interviewed Moore this year for a feature story on his “Sacred Slave Stories” project, which was presented to children across Central Florida. You can read more about him and hear his own words in that story: Moore Dance Project’s ‘Sacred Slave Stories’ sets history to dance.

Recent Members

Craig Brown 1978
Kara Barrett 2002
Kara Barrett 2002
Mary Beardsley 1972
Stuart Cody 1982
Susan Davis 1969
Walter Martin 1970
Wes Dial 1976

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