News of Note: What You Might Have Missed in December 2022

January 6, 2023

Here are the latest promotions, appointments and departures, as well as notable awards and accomplishments, from December 2022 and the first week of January 2023.

Comings & Goings

Alexei Ratmansky will leave his post as American Ballet Theatre’s artist in residence at the end of June. He joins New York City Ballet as artist in residence in August.

Alejandra Duque Cifuentes has stepped aside from the executive directorship of Dance/NYC, assuming the role of strategy and research consultant. The organization has appointed an interim leadership team as it transitions to a distributed leadership model: Candace Thompson-Zachery has been promoted to director of programming and justice initiatives, Vicki Capote to director of development and Sara Roer to director of operations and finance; Milena Luna has been named interim executive director.

Nobuhiro Terada has been named artistic director of the ballet company of the National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Ukraine.

Heath Gill has retired from performing with Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre to join Orlando Ballet as guest ballet master and choreographer.

At Scottish Ballet, Roseanna Leney has been promoted to principal.

Charles-Louis Yoshiyama joined Oregon Ballet Theatre from Houston Ballet as a principal as of January.

At Houston Ballet, Chandler Dalton has been promoted to first soloist, Simone Acri and Naazir Muhammad to soloist and Jack Wolff to demi soloist.

Awards & Honors

Donald Byrd received the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation’s 2022 Gordon Davidson Award.

At the 2022 NY Dance and Performance (“Bessie”) Awards, Tatiana Desardouin received the Juried Bessie Award, Emily L. Waters the Bessies Angel Award and Princess Lockerooo Outstanding Breakout Choreographer. Other awards included: Outstanding Choreographer/Creator for Leslie Cuyjet (Blur), Bill T. Jones, Janet Wong and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company (Deep Blue Sea), Anna Sperber (Bow Echo) and Raúl Tamez (Migrant Mother for Limón Dance Company); Outstanding Performer for Soledad Barrio, Kayla Farrish, Nikolai McKenzie Ben Rema and Antonio Ramos; and Outstanding Revival for Set and Reset/Reset (2021), performed by Candoco Dance Company.

Sadler’s Wells artistic director Alistair Spalding was awarded a British Knighthood for Services to Dance in the New Year Honours.

The Jerome Foundation awarded Arts Organization Grants, ranging from $42,000 to $102,000, to Abrons Art Center, Body Prayers, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, The Chocolate Factory Theater, Danspace Project, Gibney Dance, Harlem Stage, Movement Research and PEPATIAN/Bronx Academy of Art and Dance.