To see a complete list of Awards visit the Curriculum Vita of Daniel Lewis

September 12, 2020 Daniel Lewis received from the XXV Annual International Ballet Festival 

“A Life for Dance” Lifetime Achievement Award”

It is given to  prominent worldwide renowned dance personalities. This year the Classical Gala Performance will be held on Saturday, September 12 at 8:00 pm, streamed live from the Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater. IBFM would like to honor distinguished Dancer, Choreographer and Director Daniel Lewis, for your impressive contributions, hard work and dedication to the dance world. Some past recipients: Fernando Bujones, Vladimir Vasiliev, Ekaterina Maximova, Roland Petit, Edward Villella, Violette Verdy, Milorad Miscovic, Helene Trailine, Marcia Haydee, Alberto Alonso, Lupe Serrano, Azari Plisetsky, Carla Fracci, Hans Spoerli and others. 

Eriberto Jimenez and Danie lewis

March 10, 2019, Daniel Lewis was honored by Dance NOW Miami.

“For Bringing the legacy of time and culture to South Florida”

DanceNow! Miami Gala hosted by Artistic Directors Hannah Baumgarten and Diego Salterini held at the beautiful and ancient Spanish Monastery honoring Dr. Daniel Lewis. George Neary was Master Of Ceremonies. 
  • Ruth Wiesen and Dennis Edwards give 75 reasons why we love Daniel Lewis for his 75th Birthday 


Award by the Florida Alliance for Arts Education (FAAE). The Doris Leeper award was created in memory of artist, educator, and visionary Doris Leeper (1929-2000) in 2001, and honors an artist as educator for outstanding contributions to K-12 arts education in Florida. This took place at the Atlantic Center for the Arts which Doris Leeper founded. The room was filled with photos by legendary photographer and a friend, Jack Mitchell. It was a wonderful evening and I am so proud and honored to have received this award. Daniel Lewis
Nancy Lowden Norman,, Daniel Lewis, Julie Jules, Tenaj Davis with Daniel Lewis bottom right

april 29, 2013, Dr. DANIEL LEWIS honored by the José Limón dance foundation. 

Dr. Lewis received an Education Advancement Award from at the Celebration of the 67th Anniversary of the José Limón Dance Company.  The Award was presented by Robert Battle, Artistic Director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. 
Poster, Limón and Betty Jones in the Moors Pavane. Photo, Daniel Lewis and Carla Maxwell AD the Limón Company.

December 14, 2012

Daniel Lewis receives an Honorary Doctor of Fine arts Degree from the University of Florida.

For his leadership in dance and education in an artistic discipline.


I am so pleased that the University of Florida has chosen to bestow upon me an honorary doctorate in the arts. Receiving this award is the highest honor one can get in education. My main goal now, at this point in my life, is to take the time to become an artist again, and to make sure every child gets introduced to the arts at an early age.

Daniel Lewis

Click here to see what the Guest Speakers had to say


 A tribute to the work Daniel Lewis has done at the New World School of the Arts as the Founding Dean of Dance. “It is a bettersweet feeling for me to leave, but the school has grown up and it is time for me move on and get back to my love of teaching again. I will miss the students terribly but as I watch alumni in the field I will always have a wonderful feel of the work I have done.”

The world-class concert featured performances by acclaimed dance companies, dancers, and choreographers including Gerri Houlihan from American Dance Festival; Michael Uthoff, Artistic Director of Dance St. Louis; Jim May, Artistic Director Sokolow Theatre Dance Ensemble; Robert Battle, Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; Martha Graham Dance Company; Rosie Herrera Dance Company; Carla Maxwell, Artistic Director of Limón Dance Company; Tango for All Company, as well as choreographers and alumni from New World School of the Arts, among others.

Life Time Achievement Award 2011

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR DANIEL LEWIS, From the National Dance Education Organization
October 2010

Daniel Lewis, acceptance speech For his Lifetime Achievement Award. Bestowed by the National Dance Education Organization, in Tucson, Arizona, this distinguished accolade recognizes Lewis’ significant contribution in the field of dance during a career that spans more than four decades. “Receiving an award from your peers has to be one of the most rewarding honors you can get. Although my focus is on dance, I am committed to making sure every child has a chance to find his or her voice in the art.  I have spent over 44 years in dance education and have seen many changes.  Being recognized as someone who has taken part in children being successful is the best thank you one can receive,” said Lewis upon his acceptance.