Debbie Allen will receive a Kennedy Center Honor.

Christian Peacock

News of Note: What You Might Have Missed in January 2021

Here are the latest promotions, appointments and departures, as well as notable awards and accomplishments, from the last month.


Comings & Goings

Australian Dance Theatre artistic director Garry Stewart will step down at the end of 2021.

Christine Windsor has retired from Sarasota Ballet after 14 seasons.

Bashaun Williams will leave Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company at the end of the 2020–21 season.

Thomas Bruner has been appointed executive director of Oregon Ballet Theatre through December 2021.

Andrea Blesso has been named executive director of Sonia Plumb Dance Company.

Ayodele Casel has been named an artist in residence of Little Island, a new park scheduled to open this year in New York City.

Casel in a warehouse-looking setting, with large windows and wooden floors. She is up on the toe of one of her tap shoes, and kicks her other leg forward.

Ayodele Casel

Patrick Randak, Courtesy Casel

Awards & Honors

Debbie Allen and Dick Van Dyke are among the 2021 Kennedy Center Honorees.

Jerron Herman, mayfield brooks, Niall Jones and Anna Martine Whitehead are among the recipients of Foundation for Contemporary Arts' 2021 Grants to Artists, which are $40,000 unrestricted awards.

Christopher Rudd and nicHi douglas are among the 2020–21 New Victory LabWorks Artists, which includes a $15,000 grant.

Latest Posts


Courtesy Hong Kong Dance Company

Here’s What Happened When Hong Kong Dance Company Trained Its Dancers in Martial Arts

When dancers here in the U.S. think about martial arts, what might come to mind is super-slow and controlled tai chi, or Hollywood's explosive kung fu fight scenes featuring the likes of Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan. Martial arts in real life can be anywhere and anything in between, as the Hong Kong Dance Company recently learned. A few months ago, the company wrapped up its ambitious three-year embodied research study into the convergences between martial arts and classical Chinese dance. Far from a niche case-study, HKDC's qualitative findings could have implications for dancers from around the world who are practicing in all styles of dance.

Hong Kong Researcher/dancer Huang Lei performing in "Convergence"Courtesy Hong Kong Dance Company


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