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.

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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.

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