This award was generously supported by the Ford Foundation. _
Choreographer Lar Lubovitch founded his company, Lar Lubovitch dance Company, in 1968. Lubovitch has choreographed over 100 works and is known for choreography that bridges modern dance and ballet and has a high degree of musicality. His company has performed throughout the world, and his work is also performed by major companies internationally. Lubovitch has also created ice dances for several Olympic skaters and has worked in musical theater, most notably on the musical staging for the Sondheim/Lapine play Into the Woods. In 2007, he founded the Chicago Dancing Festival, a series of free performances and lectures that occurs in August in several venues.