Jasmine Jimison, here in Helgi Tomasson's The Sleeping Beauty, has been promoted to soloist at San Francisco Ballet.

Erik Tomasson, Courtesy SFB

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

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

Comings & Goings

American Ballet Theatre artistic director Kevin McKenzie will step down at the end of 2022. The search for his successor will begin this summer.

At BODYTRAFFIC, co-founder Lillian Barbeito has stepped down as co-artistic director.

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet has folded its professional company. It concurrently announced the launch of the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Fund for Innovation in Dance. The organization's education and outreach programs will continue.

Lauren Lovette will retire from New York City Ballet during the 2021–22 season. She is scheduled to give her final performance on October 9.

Lauren Lovette, in a flowing yellow dress and pointe shoes, smiles playfully as she balances en pointe with a leg extended to the side, just below 90. She looks over the extended foot, a dainty arm seeming to be holding it aloft by a string.

Lauren Lovette in Jerome Robbins' Dances at a Gathering

Paul Kolnik, Courtesy NYCB

Alina Cojocaru has left English National Ballet. Maria Kochetkova will join as a lead principal for the 2021–22 season.

At San Francisco Ballet, Jasmine Jimison has been promoted to soloist, effective July 1.

Awards & Honors

Amara Tabor-Smith stands with her hands clasped in front of her, a calm, questioning look directed towards the camera as a swath of plant life sways in the wind behind her.

Amara Tabor-Smith

John Melesaine, Courtesy Cultural Counsel

Amara Tabor-Smith is among the recipients of the inaugural Rainin Fellowship, which includes a $100,000 unrestricted grant.

The NAACP awarded Misty Copeland the Spingarn Medal, the organization's highest honor.

Rachna Ramya Agrawal and Libby Nye are the recipients of Connecticut Dance Alliance's 2020/2021 Distinguished Achievement in Dance Award. Barbara Ally received the 2020/2021 Jill Henderson Award.

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AMDA students learn how to present their best selves on camera. Photo by Trae Patton, Courtesy AMDA

AMDA's 4 Tips for Acing Your Next Audition

Ah, audition day. The flurry of new choreography, the long lines of dancers, the wait for callbacks. It's an environment dancers know well, but it can also come with great stress. Learning how to be best prepared for the big day is often the key to staying calm and performing to your fullest potential (and then some).

This concept is the throughline of the curriculum at American Musical and Dramatic Academy, where dance students spend all four years honing their audition skills.

"You're always auditioning," says Santana Trujillo, AMDA's dance outreach manager and a graduate of its BFA program. On campus in Los Angeles and New York City, students have access to dozens of audition opportunities every semester.

For advice on how dancers can put their best foot forward at professional auditions, Dance Magazine recently spoke with Trujillo, as well as AMDA faculty members Michelle Elkin and Genevieve Carson. Catch the whole conversation below, and read on for highlights.

July 2021