Vanessa Goodman and Su-Feh Lee win dance honours

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      Dance artists Vanessa Goodman and Su-Feh Lee have just received two top local awards.

      At a ceremony April 29 at the Scotiabank Dance Centre, Goodman received the Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award. 

      The biennial prize gives an artist between 19 and 35 $5,000 to produce their work at Scotiabank Dance Centre in Vancouver.

      Through the award, Goodman, a co-artistic director of The Contingency Plan, plans to premiere what belongs to you, her first full-length work, in 2014. 

      Meanwhile, Lee has received the annual Isadora Award, which recognizes achievement in the dance community. Lee got the prize for both the repertoire she has created over the last two decades, and for the role she plays as a teacher, mentor, speaker, writer, and dramaturge.

      Lee, of Battery Opera, was honoured with an Isadora Award sculpture by glass artist Mary Filer, fully subsidized rehearsal space at Scotiabank Dance Centre to the value of $1000, and $500 cash. 

      Nominated by the dance community, she was chosen by a jury. She's in good company: past winners have included Crystal Pite, Joe Laughlin, and Wen Wei Wang.