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A night of dance — and a prize in honor of Robert and Joan Parker

David Parker (left) with the first recipient of the Robert B. and Joan H. Parker Compassionate Action Award, Stanley N. Griffith.
David Parker (left) with the first recipient of the Robert B. and Joan H. Parker Compassionate Action Award, Stanley N. Griffith.Grant Terzakis

The Bang Group hosted its first-ever “Snap, Crackle, BANG!” event at the Dance Complex over the weekend.

The Bang Group — a percussive dance company created by Jeffrey Kazin and David Parker — is based in New York City but calls Boston its second home.

The night included the inaugural presentation of an award named for Parker’s parents: the late Robert B. Parker, author of the Spenser detective novels, and his late wife, writer and philanthropist Joan Parker. The first recipient of the Robert B. and Joan H. Parker Compassionate Action Award was Greater Boston PFLAG supporter and board member Stanley N. Griffith, of Lexington. (The award features a picture of the entire Parker family.)

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Guests at the night of dance — which included a solo performance by Parker — included Dance Complex executive director Peter DiMuro, Boston Dance Alliance executive director Debra Cash, and The Theater Offensive artistic director Abe Rybeck.