Maxine DeBruyn Appointed to Endowed Chair
Posted July 26, 2002
HOLLAND -- Maxine DeBruyn of the Hope College
faculty has been appointed to the college's Dorothy Wiley
DeLong Professorship in Dance.
Her appointment becomes effective with the
beginning of the forthcoming 2002-03 school year, and will
continue until she chooses to retire from the faculty.
The chair was established by Mr. and Mrs. William
P. DeLong; their children, Dr. and Mrs. Jack DeLong, and Mr.
and Mrs. Ted DeLong; and friends and associates of Dorothy
DeLong, who pioneered efforts to establish dance instruction
within the Holland community. Dorothy DeLong, who died in
1982, taught dance in Muskegon until moving to Holland in
1948. As dance became accepted in Holland, she first taught
ballroom dancing to high school students as an after-school
activity, and subsequently opened a studio. She also worked
with Holland's Dutch Dancers.
DeLong was a supporter of the college's dance
program since its fledgling days under DeBruyn's guidance in
the mid-1960s. Hope presented her with a Distinguished
Service Award during Dance V in 1979 in recognition of her
role in the development of the program and the community's
Funded since 1985, the DeLong chair has helped the
department of dance retain instructors for specialized
courses and guest artists for Hope dance concerts. The
college will continue to support such activities, with
DeBruyn's appointment to the chair recognizing her own
central role in the department's creation and development.
DeBruyn, who is chair of the department, joined
the Hope faculty in 1965, and pioneered dance at Hope with a
single course. In the years since, she has helped build the
program to a full major. Professional companies affiliated
with the college and Hope students present a number of dance
concerts during each school year.
In addition to playing a leadership role in
developing the college's dance program, she has been active
in professional associations and dance education locally to
nationally. Her professional activities through the years
have ranged from serving as a U.S. representative to the
International Board of Dance and the Child International, a
member of the Counseil International de la Danse, UNESCO,
Paris; to serving as vice chair of the Michigan Council for
the Arts and Cultural Affairs; to serving as director of the
National Association of Schools of Dance. She has held a
number of leadership roles with the American Alliance for
Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD),
and is a past president of AAHPERD's Midwest District.
Among other recognition, she received the "Honor
Award" from Michigan Association of Health, Physical
Education, Recreation and Dance in 2000 and from the Midwest
District of AAHPERD in 1999; the Midwest District's
Meritorious Service Award in both 1996 and 1998; a
recognition award from the Midwest District for service and
leadership in 1988; and a service and leadership award from
AAHPERD in 1987. She received a Presidential Citation from
the National Dance Association for dance assessment in 1992.
In 1989, her work in the arts was cited in the U.S.
Congressional Record and in a Joint Concurrent Resolution
from the State of Michigan Legislature.
Hope presented her with the Ruth and John Reed
Faculty Achievement Award in 2001. The college's Alumni H-
Club, comprised of former student athletes, honored her in
both 1985 and 1996.