Innovative Choreographers First Day of Issue Ceremony a Winning Performance

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Innovative Choreographers (Forever®) stamps First Day of Issue ceremony on Saturday in Los Angeles, California! You helped make the event a huge success!

Held as part of the West Coast’s flagship National Dance Day Celebration in Los Angeles County’s Grand Park, the dedication drew a great crowd of dance and stamp enthusiasts. Dedicating the stamps were (from left to right) Kaye Lawrence Dunham, Katherine Dunham’s nephew; Marie-Christine Dunham Pratt, Katherine Dunham’s daughter; Nigel Lythgoe, Executive Producer and co-creator, So You Think You Can Dance; Ruth Goldway, Chairman, Postal Regulatory Commission; and Nagisa Manabe, Chief Marketing and Sales Officer, Executive Vice President, USPS.

The four influential choreographers honored on the stamps—Isadora Duncan, José Limón, Katherine Dunham, and Bob Fosse—changed the art of dance. Designed to look like posters advertising a performance, the stamp art captures the luminosity and mystery of a live dance performance.

We had a wonderful time in L.A. celebrating these dance legends! Our next event is the Flags of Our Nation: Set Six First Day of Issue ceremony, held on August 16 at the American Philatelic Society’s StampShow in Sacramento, California. Will you be joining us?

Innovative Choreographers Dance into Post Offices on Saturday

Mark your calendar for the National Dance Day celebration presented by the Music Center and the Dizzy Feet Foundation on Saturday, July 28. Join Nigel Lythgoe, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE co-creator, executive producer, and judge, and Ruth Goldway, U.S. Postal Regulatory Commission Chairman, for the day’s events including the First Day of Issue of the Innovative Choreographers stamps. The ceremony will take place at 10:00 a.m. at Los Angeles County’s Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles.

Will you be joining us?

Save the Date, Tune in . . . and Dance!

Isadora Duncan, José Limón, Katherine Dunham, and Bob Fosse crafted deeply personal, yet universal, works of art that forever transformed the art of dance. And on July 18, stamps honoring these four legends of choreography will be announced on America’s favorite summertime series, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. Tune in to FOX this Wednesday at 8/7c, to see a live preview of the Innovative Choreographers stamps.

Plus, mark your calendar for the National Dance Day celebration presented by the Music Center and the Dizzy Feet Foundation on Saturday, July 28. Join Nigel Lythgoe, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE co-creator, executive producer, and judge, and Ruth Goldway, U.S. Postal Regulatory Commission Chairman, for the day’s events including the First Day of Issue of the Innovative Choreographers stamps. The ceremony will take place at 10:00 a.m. at Los Angeles County’s Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles.

Miles Davis Stamp Celebration in Hollywood Tonight

We are very excited to announce that USPS and the Hollywood Bowl will honor Miles Davis during a stamp dedication and unveiling ceremony prior to the “A Celebration of Miles Davis” concert tonight. The ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. on the Museum Terrace. The concert begins at 8 p.m.

Attending the ceremony are:
Eduardo H. Ruiz, Los Angeles District Manager, U.S. Postal Service
Arvind Manocha, Chief Operating Officer, Los Angeles Philharmonic
Miles Davis family members Cheryl Davis, Erin Davis, and Vince Wilburn, Jr.
Bubba Jackson, award-winning KJazz 88.1 radio personality
Mark Anderson, Los Angeles Postmaster
Joshua Ledet, American Idol finalist
Gabriel Johnson, jazz artist
Henry Rollins, actor, musician, and author

The Hollywood Bowl is located at 2301 North Highland Avenue in Hollywood, California 90068.

Hope to see you there!

Name, image and likeness of Miles Davis with permission from Miles Davis Properties, LLC.