Stella Abrera in Alexei Ratmansky's Whipped Cream. Photo by Gene Schivaone, Courtesy American Ballet Theatre

News of Note: What You Might Have Missed in November 2019

Here are the latest promotions, appointments and transfers, plus notable awards and accomplishments from the last month.


Comings & Goings

Stella Abrera has been appointed artistic director of Kaatsbaan, effective January 1.

Brett Conway and Laura O'Malley have been named co-artistic directors of SFDanceworks. They succeed founder James Sofranko, who took over the artistic directorship of Grand Rapids Ballet in July 2018. He remains attached to SFDanceworks as artistic advisor.

Awards & Honors

Unity Phelan, a pale white woman with green eyes and wavy brown hair, looks at the camera.

Unity Phelan

Erin Baiano, Courtesy Lincoln Center


Ruby Lister (School of American Ballet) and Unity Phelan (New York City Ballet) are among the recipients of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts' 2020 Emerging Artists awards.

Harvard Business School Club of Chicago has selected Red Clay Dance Company founder Vershawn Sanders-Ward for its Community Impact Scholars Program.

The Art Council of Fort Worth honored Texas Ballet Theater founder Margo Dean with a Lifetime Achievement in the Arts award.

Israel's Ministry of Culture has awarded Batsheva Dance Company the Artistic Dance Award 2019, which includes a 100,000 NIS prize, for its performances of Ohad Naharin's The Hole.

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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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