Baryshnikov Wins One of The Most Prestigious Awards For Artists

Mikhail Baryshnikov has yet another honor to add to his impressive trophy case: The renowned Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award given by the Japan Art Association.

The lifetime achievement award, given every year since 1989, celebrates artistic fields not covered by the Nobel Prize. And it comes with quite a notable financial gift: 15 million yen, or approximately $136,000.

Baryshnikov is one of five winners this year: Along with musician Youssou N'Dour, visual artist Shirin Neshat, sculptor El Anatsui and architect Rafael Moneo, he joins a prestigious list of past laureates that includes Sylvie Guillem and Merce Cunningham. A ceremony in Tokyo on October 18 will celebrate the 2017 honoress, with gold medals presented by none other than Japan's Prince Hitachi.

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Dancers at work in USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance's facilities. Photo by Ema Peter, Courtesy USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance

Meet 5 Recent USC Kaufman Grads Making Waves in the Dance Industry

Since welcoming its first freshman BFA class in 2015, the University of Southern California's Glorya Kaufman School of Dance has made a name for itself. The Los Angeles dance program is known for creating versatile artists in a collaborative, innovative training environment, and its alumni are already making bold professional leaps.

Dance Magazine caught up with five recent grads to see where they've landed and how USC Kaufman and its career services department prepared them for their future in the dance industry.

July 2021