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Memorial celebrates life of a distinguished dancer, educator

December 04, 2009

Join the ASU Herberger Institute School of Dance and the Herberger Institute Development office 2 p.m., Dec. 13, for a celebration of the life Margaret Gisolo (1914–2009), founder of ASU College of Fine Arts department of dance.

The program includes video presentations of Gisolo’s lifetime achievements as a dancer, athlete and educator, and tributes from colleagues, friends, students and family members. A dedication performance includes music by Charles Lewis, a dance alumnus who was a student of Gisolo’s in the 1950s, a song written and performed by fellow dance alumna Lee Robert Flory, and a special award presentation by the National Dance Association. A reception follows. 

The Margaret Gisolo Memorial is free, open to the public and held at the Dance Theatre, Physical Education Building East 132, 611 E. Orange St., ASU Tempe campus. For more information, please contact Beth Lessard at 480.838.5551, or

Memorial contributions can be made to the: ASU Foundation, attention "Margaret Gisolo Scholarship in Dance," ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Development office, P.O. Box 872102, Tempe, AZ 85287-2102. Contributions also may be made via credit card by contacting Christine Austin at 480.727.7785, or

Media Contact:
Sunny Kuo,
ASU Herberger Institute School of Dance