Henri Matisse’s “la danse” illustrates the invitation of a Kingdom community: Struggling to learn, labor, love, and serve together for our lives and the life of the world, we are called time and again by our individual and communal beauty and brokenness to turn toward the One who’s wild love calls us to dance with God, each other, and the world. Reimagined by alumnus Phil Nellis, “La Danse Revisited” is a piece commissioned by our community to remind us who we are: a diverse community struggling to learn, labor, love, and serve together around the interplay of text, soul, and culture.

The La Danse Award

There are those among us who remind us of the community we have set out to be—those who continue to risk, to participate, and to embody this way of life in our midst and on our behalf. Each year a artist from within our community is commissioned to create their own interpretation of la danse. At the Spring Banquet we honor The Seattle School community and four individuals—one faculty, one staff, and two students or spouses/partners who we collectively believe to be exemplars of this important tenet of our culture.  

It is important to remember this is an award, not a reward.  This is a way of acknowledging, celebrating, and loving those in our midst. It is not a way of rewarding performance. The nominations for the award will come from The Seattle School Community – because our shared voices and our relationships with one another are where text.soul.culture come to life.

La Danse Recipients

2017

Artist: Lindsey Braman, MACP ’17

2016 

Bethany Bylsma, MACP ’16
Ruth & Bill Wiley, MACP ’16
Dr. Caprice Hollins, Faculty
Linda Ruthruff, Staff
The Seattle School Community

Artist: Jordan Dowell, MATC ’17

2015

Amber Englund, MACP ’15
Matthew Rock, MDiv ’15
Rachael Clinton, Staff
Dr. Ron Ruthruff, Faculty
The Seattle School Community

Artist: Samantha Davis, MDiv ’15

2014

Heather Barnes, MACP ’14, MDiv ’15
Elise Hale-Case, MACP ’15
Ligaya Avila, Staff
Chelle Stearns, Faculty
The Seattle School Community

Artist: Melissa Rudin Yakey, MACP ’16

2013

Mallory Larsen, MATC ’13
Jorge Tovar, MACP ’13
Molly Kenzler, Staff
Derek McNeil, Faculty
The Seattle School Community

Artist: Austin Sailors, MACP ’13

2012

Dan Cumberland, MACS ’12
Hilary Ann Golden, MDiv ’12
Tom Cashman, Faculty
Tim Reber, Staff
The Seattle School Community

Artist: Sarah Swift, MACP ’14

2011

Eric Mason, MACP ’11
Richard Kim, MDiv ’10
Cheryl Goodwin, Staff
Chelle Stearns, Faculty
The Seattle School Community

Artist: Jackie Moulton, MACS ’11

2010

Rachael Clinton, MDiv ’10
Diamond Dang, MACP ’10
Steve Call, Faculty
Paul Steinke, Staff
The Seattle School Community

Artist: Joshua Longbrake, MDiv ’10

2009

Smruti Desai, MACP ’09
Deb Montgomery, MACP ’09
Anne Belk, Staff
Dwight Friesen, Faculty
The Seattle School Community

Artist: Mike Menconi, MACP ’09

2008

Josh Sandoz, MACP ’08
Jennifer Clark, Spouse
Kristen Houston, Staff
Jo-Ann Badley, Faculty
The Seattle School Community

Artist: Jen Grabarczyk, MACS ’09

2007

Jennifer Grabarczyk, MACS ’09
Cathy Loerzel, MACP ’07
Stephanie Neill, Faculty
Matt Summy, Staff
The Seattle School Community

Artist: Jarrod Singleton, MACS