Distinguished Professor Emerita Judith Chazin-Bennahum, UNM Department of Theatre and Dance, received the 2011 CORPS Lifetime Achievement Award. CORPS de Ballet International honored Chazin-Bennahum at its recent 13th annual teacher conference, Legacies of Ballet: Examining Tradition and Innovation, at the University of Missouri/Kansas City-Conservatory of Music and Dance-Dance Division and Kansas City Ballet. Conference participants were joined by special guest artists Sally Brayley-Bliss, Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner, with special conference focus on the Tudor Trust and the new Tudor Curriculum.
Chazin-Bennahum, dancer, teacher, researcher and choreographer, was a principal soloist with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet Company under Antony Tudor and was invited by George Balanchine to join the New York City Ballet on their first trip to Russia. She is the author of numerous articles and five books, including "Dance in the Shadow of the Guillotine" and "The Ballets of Antony Tudor," which was awarded the De la Torre Bueno Prize in 1995 for best book on dance. A noted historian, she has served the Society of Dance History Scholars in multiple capacities and was appointed distinguished professor emerita at UNM on her retirement in 2006.