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DANIEL LEWIS, NWSA FOUNDING DEAN OF DANCE, RECEIVES AN HONORARY DOCTOR OF FINE ARTS DEGREE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

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James Oliverio (Director Digital Worlds Institute UF), Joan Frosch (Faculty Dance UF), Lucinda Lavelli (Dean of Fine Arts UF), Maureen O'Rourke (faculty NWSA), Dr. Daniel Lewis (Founding Dean of Dance NWSA), Jeffrey Hodgson (Provost NWSA) Mary Lisa Burns (Dean of Dance NWSA), Donald McGlothlin (Retired Dean of Fine Arts UF), Robert Lewis, Quinn Lewis, Hope Lewis

Daniel Lewis, founding dean of the dance division in Miami's New World School of the Arts received an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Florida for his leadership in dance and education in an artistic discipline.

"I have been in dance education for over 45 years and while I have received many accolades and lifetime achievement awards, I feel most privileged to have been able to help foster a new generation of dancers, choreographers and dance educators. I am so pleased that the University of Florida has chosen to bestow upon me an honorary doctorate in the arts. Receiving this award is the highest honor one can get in education. My main goal now, at this point in my life, is to take the time to become an artist again, and to make sure every child get introduced to the arts at an early age. This is the unique thing that separates us from all other animals: we have the capacity, and the need, to make art," expressed Daniel Lewis as he accepted his impressive recognition on December 14th, 2012 during a reception held at the University of Florida.

Internationally recognized as a dancer, educator, choreographer, and author, Lewis was integral in the development of NWSA's eight-year professional dance program which began in 1987, bringing more than thirty years of experience in the field, and an unparalleled awareness of modern dance to South Florida.

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