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TWU's Keeton receives David K. Brace Award




DENTON — Gladys Keeton, Texas Woman’s University associate professor of dance, recently received the David K. Brace Award from the Texas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (TAHPERD).

According to TAHPERD, the David K. Brace Award recognizes excellence in service, teaching and/or administration. Recipients must have been a member of the association for at least 10 years and must have served in their profession for a minimum of 20 years in Texas.

“I have supported and promoted dance as art and fitness throughout the state, region and nation because I want to make a difference in people’s lives,” Ms. Keeton said. “To be recognized with such a prestigious award for doing something I felt was needed rather than required makes me feel that I have made a definite contribution to society.”

Ms. Keeton joined the TWU faculty in 1969. She is founder, artistic director and a performer with the TWU International Dance Company, which has performed nationally, and is the director of the TWU Community Dance Center.

She currently serves as president of the National Dance Association, and is a member of numerous boards, including the Texas Center for Educator Development in Fine Arts, the Texas Education Agency Fine Arts Advisory Panel and the State Board for Educator Certification Dance Standards Review Committee.

Founded in 1923, TAHPERD is a non-profit association of more than 4,500 members and is the only association in Texas serving education in health, physical education, recreation and dance. For more information, visit

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