Anna Halprin: 2006 AHN Awardee

The Arts & Healing Network is delighted to present Anna Halprin with the 2006 AHN Award for her life-long contribution to the field of dance and healing. As a performer, choreographer, author, teacher, and founder of the Tamalpa Institute, she has introduced countless people to the transformative and healing power of dance.

Upon receiving the award Anna sent the Arts and Healing Network this statement, written at age 85:

"I envision a future where more of us will call ourselves artists and work together to make an art concerned with the primary issues of life. I envision a future where art is once again honored for its power to inspire, teach, transform and heal. I envision a future where all people dance together, where the circle is open enough for both children and grandparents. I imagine a dance in collaboration with the forces of the earth rather than a dance of her continued domination. I envision a future when we will ask to join the animals, the birds, the insects, the ocean, the mountains, the sun, the moon, the deserts, and the rainforests. I feel an urgent desire to create the forms of art that will give birth to this dance at all levels of our culture. Our culture is in the throes of crisis: I have a vision of dance working in the service of healing. I invite you to join me in this quest, toward a future which includes all of this."

To learn more about Anna and her many publications and events, please visit

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