Jones, Marion Kirk
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Marion Jones, Professor Emeritus, Arizona State University, died April 4, 2014 at age 92. Born in England, the family came to the United States in 1928 settling in Detroit, Michigan. After two years of college, Marion moved to New York where she studied modern dance and ballet. She became a member of the Lester Horton Dance Company and taught at several institutions including Cornell University. With husband Austin, daughter Elizabeth (Ettinger) and son Cleve, she moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1968. In 1972 she joined the ASU Dance faculty. In 1978 she produced and directed a Dance Tribute to Doris Humphrey, a concert reviewed in Dance Magazine and documented by KAET. Marion choreographed for Desert Dance Theatre from it's founding, and served as Artistic Director from 1988 to 2005. She received several awards including the AZ Commission on the Arts, Choreographer's Fellowship award, 1982; the Arts Achievement Award from Wayne State University, 1998; and the AZ Governor's Arts Award in Arts Education, 2013. She earned a BA degree from Wayne State University and an MA degree from ASU. On June 12 and 13, 2014, at 7:30pm DESERT DANCE THEATRE presents LEGACY: 35th Anniversary and Tribute to Marion Kirk Jones, at Tempe Center for the Arts. TCA Box Office: 480-350-2822.
Published in The Arizona Republic from June 4 to June 8, 2014