Camille A. Brown Takes Off With Two Awards in Two Weeks
Sometimes with artists, when it rains, it pours. That's certainly the case for choreographer Camille A. Brown, who in the past two weeks has won two high-profile awards, in addition to keeping busy with her #BlackGirlMovement activism.
Two weeks ago, Jacob's Pillow announced they would be honoring Brown with the 10th Annual Jacob's Pillow Award, including an unrestricted $25,000 cash prize, an engagement at next summer's festival and a Creative Development Residency. This prize—especially with the added bonus of a performance opportunity and creative residency—is enough to skyrocket Camille A. Brown & Dancers into a year of major success.
Photo by Matt Karas.
But it doesn't stop there. This week, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation chose Brown as a recipient of one of their prestigious fellowships. Of the 178 fellows for 2016, five are choreographers, including quirky renegade Michelle Ellsworth. The amount of grant money for each fellow varies, but I'll bet it's a pretty penny.
Fana Fraser and Beatrice Capote in Brown's Black Girl: Linguistic Play. Photo by Christopher Duggan.
It makes sense that both organizations chose to invest in Brown's work. She has constantly made giving back a priority—even with all this rapid success, she hasn't slowed down her activism one bit. Brown and her company sponsored the Black Girl Movement Conference this week, a sold-out three day event where Brown gave several presentations and performed excerpts from her magical Black Girl: Linguistic Play. (Follow her live-tweet of the conference here.) And I'm sure she'll continue her multi-faced outreach efforts with the increased funding, including her Black Girl Spectrum community engagement initiative and The Gathering, an annual meeting of black dance artists.
The momentum growing around Brown and her company is well deserved, and I'm looking forward to seeing what she does next.
What do Percy Jackson, Princess Diana and Tina Turner have in common? They're all characters on Broadway this season. Throw in Michelle Dorrance's choreographic debut, Henry VIII's six diva-licious wives and the 1990s angst of Alanis Morissette, and the 2019–20 season is shaping up to be an exciting mix of past-meets-pop-culture-present.
Here's a look at the musicals hitting Broadway in the coming months. We're biding our time until opening night!
If you think becoming a trainee or apprentice is the only path to gaining experience in a dance company environment, think again.
The University of Arizona, located in the heart of Tucson, acclimates dancers to the pace and rigor of company life while offering all the academic opportunities of a globally-ranked university. If you're looking to get a head-start on your professional dance career—or to just have a college experience that balances company-level training and repertory with rigorous academics—the University of Arizona's undergraduate and graduate programs have myriad opportunites to offer:
Yes, we realize it's only August. But we can't help but to already be musing about all the incredible dance happenings of 2019.
We're getting ready for our annual Readers' Choice feature, and we want to hear from you about the shows you can't stop thinking about, the dance videos that blew your mind and the artists you discovered this year who everyone should know about.
Ah, stretching. It seems so simple, and is yet so complicated.
For example: You don't want to overstretch, but you're not going to see results if you don't stretch enough. You want to focus on areas where you're tight, but you also can't neglect other areas or else you'll be imbalanced. You were taught to hold static stretches growing up, but now everyone is telling you never to hold a stretch longer than a few seconds?
Considering how important stretching correctly is for dancers, it's easy to get confused or overwhelmed. So we came up with 10 common stretching scenarios, and gave you the expert low-down.