It was an incredible honor to win the inaugural Knight of Illumination USA Award. This award represents more than two decades of work lighting dance professionally. Dance will always be my first love and it inspires and informs me constantly in my other work. It was also humbling for it to be sponsored by ETC and to be presented onstage to me by the late Fred Foster, whom I considered to be one of the greatest influences on our industry. I’m so glad I got to have dinner with Fred that evening. This sword will always remind me of him.