Written by Danielle Couture
Willimantic, CT - - Brad Roth, lecturer of performing arts at Eastern Connecticut State University has been given the Connecticut Dance Alliance (CDA) 2013 Distinguished Achievement Award in Dance.
The award is given to those who represent the depth and breadth of excellent dance experience available within the dance community of Connecticut.
Roth began studying modern dance when he was a junior at Cornell University in 1973. He continued with ballet and modern dance at the Hartford Ballet and the Syracuse Ballet and became a member of the chamber Ensemble as well as performing the Nutcracker.
During the 1980's, Brad studied at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute for Movement Studies (LIMS) in New York City, and became a Certified Laban Movement Analyst (CMA). Brad began his teaching career at the Hartford Camerata Conservatory, and taught Laban studies for nine years at the School of the Hartford Ballet. In 1988, he began teaching as an adjunct faculty member at Eastern.
"I am honored to receive the Distinguished Achievement Award for 2013 from the Connecticut Dance Alliance," says Roth. "It's hard to say what exactly is the distinguished achievement- perhaps still dancing, teaching, and performing at 61 years old! Having started dance training in college, this is now my 41st year in the field. An award is like a still shot from a movie, or a number of stills, like the promotional material. Slices of a dance life. I'm glad it is adding up, and more glad to still be dancing and teaching, still making the movie."
PHOTO: Roth dancing with a shared ability dance student from Bulkeley High School in Hartford.