Della Davidson Prize


The Della Davidson Prize honors the life and work of choreographer and teacher Della Davidson, by supporting innovative dance and dance/theater artists. An annual prize of $1,220 (in honor of Della’s birthday 12/20) will be awarded to a choreographer/dance-maker producing work in the spirit of Della Davidson. The prize is by selection only; applications or nominations are not accepted.

2019 Awardee: 

Sarah Bush creates her inimitable style of movement by combining her training in ballet, modern, hip hop, jazz, Afro-Caribbean, and contact improvisation. In 2007 she formed her company, Sarah Bush Dance Project to promote innovative artistry, community interaction, and feminist ideals through the creation and presentation of multimedia dance. To date, SBDP has presented four critically acclaimed repertory shows in the Bay Area: Home, Rocked By Women, This Land and Spirit & Bones. The Huffington Post said of the outdoor landscape series, This Land, “the drama of Bush’s highly charged movement is meant to renew our sense of self, our sense of place and community.” Sarah continues to deepen her exploration of the intersection of dance and theater and is currently serving on the Isadora Duncan Dance Awards Committee and regularly teaches classes throughout the Bay Area.

Past awardees:
2018: Dawn Frank Holtan
2017: Deborah Vaughan
2016: Erin Mei-Ling Stuart
2015: Deborah Slater
2014: Debby Kajiyama
2013: Randee Paufve and Monique Jenkinson

Della Davidson (1951-2012) was a dance theater artist who created interdisciplinary works exploring the presence of women and the lyrical power of dance, image and storytelling. Over the course of her career, she created over 40 works and made her mark as a “central figure in West Coast dance.” She was a professor of Theater and Dance at the University of California, Davis and Artistic Director of Della Davidson Dance Theater and Sideshow Physical Theater.



Della’s innovative work on women’s desire, death, disease, and the fragility of existence was lyrical, collaborative, and multidisciplinary, using dance, theater and film. One of her greatest gifts was to recognize potential in others and bring out their strengths, whether they were her students, her dancers, her collaborators, her colleagues or her friends. Della’s sense of delight and play, along with a profound connection to the elemental forces of life and death, shaped her art and her life.

-San Francisco Chronicle

To donate to the Della Davidson Prize, click here.

della4Donations in the form of checks can be made payable to Dancers’ Group and mailed to:

Dancers’ Group
44 Gough Street, Suite 201
San Francisco, CA 94103

Questions: Contact Wayne Hazzard at 415-920-9181 or