Welcome to the 2020 Dance Magazine Awards

We are thrilled to have you join us to celebrate this year's Dance Magazine Award honorees: Carlos Acosta, Debbie Allen, Camille A. Brown, Laurieann Gibson and Alonzo King, as well as Chairman's Award honoree Darren Walker and Harkness Promise Award recipients Marjani Forté-Saunders and Kyle Marshall.

We'd like to thank our sponsors First Republic and Freed of London, as well as Jody and John Arnhold | Arnhold Foundation.

Here is our program for the event.

Come back here on December 7 at 6 pm ET to watch the ceremony, produced by Nel Shelby Productions. In the meantime, you can find all information at dancemediafoundation.org.

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Why Your Barre Can Make or Break Your At-Home Dance Training

Throughout the pandemic, Shelby Williams, of Royal Ballet of Flanders (aka "Biscuit Ballerina"), has been sharing videos that capture the pitfalls of dancers working from home: slipping on linoleum, kicking over lamps and even taking windows apart at the "barre." "Dancers aren't known to be graceful all of the time," says Mandy Blackmon, PT, DPT, OSC, CMTPT, head physical therapist/medical director for Atlanta Ballet. "They tend to fall and trip."

Many dancers have tried to make their home spaces as safe as possible for class and rehearsal by setting up a piece of marley, like Harlequin's Dance Mat, to work on. But there's another element needed for taking thorough ballet classes at home: a portable barre.

"Using a barre is kinda Ballet 101," says 16-year-old Haley Dale, a student in her second year at American Ballet Theatre's Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School. She'd bought a portable barre from Harlequin to use at her parents' home in Northern Virginia even before the pandemic hit. "Before I got it, honestly I would stay away from doing barre work at home. Now I'm able to do it all the time."

Blackmon bought her 15-year-old stepdaughter a freestanding Professional Series Ballet Barre from Harlequin early on in quarantine. "I was worried about her injuring herself without one," she admits.

What exactly makes Harlequin's barres an at-home must-have, and hanging on to a chair or countertop so risky? Here are five major differences dancers will notice right away.

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December 2020