DAN GUIN AWARDED FIFTH ANNUAL RANDOLPH A. FRANK PRIZE FOR
THE PERFORMING ARTS.
Boca Raton, FL – Dan Guin, Executive Director and Co-Artistic Director of Boca Ballet Theatre, and a well- respected artistic leader in the community, has been awarded the Randolph A. Frank Prize for the Performing Arts. Mr. Guin is one of two recipients to receive this honor, selected by the Frank Prize Board of Directors as the fifth annual 2013 recipients. The prestigious Award recognizes their achievements as individual artists and educators whose dedicated work enhances the quality of life in Palm Beach County. A private ceremony will be held in their honor on May 20th, 2013, where they will be awarded crystal trophies and $6,000 each.
Mr. Guin is the recipient of The Performing Arts Educator Prize, which celebrates his artistic achievements and his ongoing commitment and dedication to excellence in the performing arts in Palm Beach County. He was officially introduced to the area in 1991, when he spent a summer in Boca Raton establishing a summer dance workshop. After completing his professional dance performing career, he returned to the area in 1993 to accept the position of Artistic Director of the newly formed Boca Ballet Theatre (BBT). From the onset of Boca Ballet Theatre, Mr. Guin embraced his role as Director, teacher, choreographer, and production manager – while simultaneously embracing the concept of enhancing artistic and cultural life in the community. Today, 22 years later, his contribution to the Palm Beach Community as a motivating educator has been both extensive and inspiring.
Boca Ballet Theatre provides the community with authentic and exhilarating productions, while also providing an opportunity for young student dancers to perform with renowned guest artists from around the world. Guin has overseen the 20 seasons of dance that BBT has brought to the community, including 19 years of free dance concerts brought to the community at Mizner Park Amphitheater. These concerts stem from Mr. Guin’s original mission to provide local dance students with the best training, assuring that no child is denied training due to financial circumstances. He continued to realize this mission with the development of the First Step Outreach Program in 1991, a special dance program for “at risk”, low income children in the area, from the Boca Raton Housing Authority to an after school program at the Lois Martin Community Center. Along with dance training in modern and classical ballet, the program covers all related costs from dance clothes to transportation for the kids. Mr. Guin was awarded the Colin Powell School of Promise Award for his efforts with the development of the First Step Program.
Mr. Guin’s determination to enrich the lives of children in the community through artistic outlets is equal to his drive to enhance the lives of community members of all ages. He recently implemented a pilot dance program for those in the community living with Parkinson’s, BBT 4 PD. He facilitated travel for two BBT faculty to train in New York with Dance for PD®, a collaboration between the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson Group, a chapter of the National Parkinson Foundation. Based on the successful Dance for PD ® program, the free pilot program kicked off in April, right on time for National Parkinson’s Awareness month.
His desire and perseverance to make the performing arts more accessible to the community as a whole matches the degree of inspiration and admiration that his career evokes. He has become known for his choreography of both original and classical works, and has taught every level of dance throughout his teaching career, from a boys’ class with 7-year-olds to an adult student who is 88! He has worked hard and passionately to successfully keep the School of Boca Ballet Theatre alive for 20 years; with the current enrollment of over 550 students.
Ever eager to continue to enhance the community, Mr. Guin continues to strive to create an arts center in Boca Raton and collaborate with other local art organizations under the Boca Raton Cultural Consortium. He is a founder of the Consortium, dedicated to bringing arts and cultural organizations together to collaborate and promote the arts in Southern Palm Beach County. He has also served multiple times on Florida State Grant Review Committee for the Division of Cultural Affairs, and as an adjunct faculty of the Union Institute and University of Cincinnati (Miami campus), serving as a member of the Doctoral Fine Arts Review Committee.
“Without the support of our patrons and volunteers my vision and success could not have come to fruition. Receiving the Frank Prize is a tremendous honor for me and validates so many people’s unwavering support. I am truly grateful,” expresses Dan Guin.
Mr. Guin continues to be an exemplary member of the artistic community in Palm Beach County. As an arts educator he has devoted countless hours, blood, sweat and tears to preserve and promote culture in this community. He is just as dedicated and determined as he was when he first came to Boca Raton in 1991.