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By Kristin Schwab
COMINGS AND GOINGS
Former New York City Ballet principal Jenifer Ringer will direct Colburn Dance Academy, a new partnership between The Colburn School and L.A. Dance Project. ■ Artistic director Ethan Stiefel is leaving Royal New Zealand Ballet to return to the U.S. ■ Choreographers Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten have been appointed artistic directors of Ballet National de Marseille. ■ Joan Finkelstein, who has been director of dance programs for the New York City Department of Education, will become executive director of the Harkness Foundation for Dance. ■ Pennsylvania Ballet’s Lillian Di Piazza has been promoted to soloist. ■ Five Pacific Northwest Ballet dancers have been promoted: Lindsi Dec and Laura Tisserand are principals; William Lin-Yee, Margaret Mullin and Elizabeth Murphy are soloists. ■ NYCB’s Zachary Catazaro has been promoted to soloist. ■ San Francisco Ballet principal dancer Damian Smith will retire this month. ■ Also retiring in May is Atlanta Ballet’s Christine Winkler.
Mikhail Baryshnikov will receive Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s 2014 Spotlight Award in May. ■ The Joyce Foundation has given DANCECleveland one of four Joyce Awards and $50,000 to comission a work by Camille A. Brown. ■ Brown has received a 2014 New York City Center Choreography Fellowship, along with Gabrielle Lamb and duo Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener. ■ Vail International Dance Festival’s 2014 artist in residence is Herman Cornejo. Companies in residence are Pennsylvania Ballet and Ballet X.
Photos from top: Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten, By Alwin Poiana, Courtesy ICKamsterdam; Lillian Di Piazza (right) with Lorin Mathis, by Alexander Iziliaev, Courtesy PA Ballet; Camille A. Brown, by Ra-Re Valverde, Courtesy Camille A. Brown.