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Joan Kingston, teacher of dance at Rowland Hall-St. Mark's upper school for the past eight years, has been named 1994 Dance Educator of the Year by the National Dance Association. Kingston received the same award from the southwest district, Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, and from the Utah chapter of the association, before advancing to national recognition.

Before teaching at RHSM, she worked as a dance artist in the schools for the Utah Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts and taught for several years, setting up Utah's first full-time dance program at East High School. She was also a founding member of the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company."The reasons I teach are simple," she said. "I love people, especially teenage type people. Seeing them succeed and excel gives me JOY! I also love the challenges - intellectual, physical, spiritual and creative. I remind students that everyone is creative: it's a skill like any other that needs developing. I combine a student's normal inability to sit still with his or her need to express, and voila! A dancer! Miracles happen!"

- LISA BLAIR will become program/administrative assistant at the Bountiful-Davis Art Center, said director Arley Curtz. She will replace Katie McMahon as of May 31. McMahon has been with the center since January 1990. Blair comes from Primavera Systems Inc. of Salt Lake City and is studying art history at the University of Utah.