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.

Latest Posts


Clockwise from top left: Photo by Loreto Jamlig, Courtesy Ladies of Hip-Hop; Wikimedia Commons; Photo by Alexander Iziliaev, Courtesy Pennsylvania Ballet; Natasha Razina, Courtesy State Academic Mariinsky Theatre; Photo by Will Mayer for Better Half Productions, Courtesy ABT

The 10 Biggest Dance Stories of 2019

What were the dance moments that defined 2019? The stories that kept us talking, week after week? According to our top-clicked articles of the year, they ranged from explorations of dance medicine and dance history, takedowns of Lara Spencer and companies who still charge dancers to audition, and, of course, our list of expert tips on how to succeed in dance today.

We compiled our 10 biggest hits of the year, and broke down why we think they struck a chord:

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Christopher Duggan, Courtesy Nichols

I Am a Black Dancer Who Was Dressed Up in Blackface to Perform in La Bayadère

On Instagram this week, Misty Copeland reposted a picture of two Russian ballerinas covered head to toe in black, exposing the Bolshoi's practice of using blackface in the classical ballet La Bayadère. The post has already received over 60,000 likes and 2,000 comments, starting a long overdue conversation.

Comments have been pouring in from every angle imaginable: from history lessons on black face, to people outside of the ballet world expressing disbelief that this happens in 2019, to castigations of Copeland for exposing these young girls to the line of fire for what is ultimately the Bolshoi's costuming choice, to the accusations that the girls—no matter their cultural competence—should have known better.

I am a black dancer, and in 2003, when I was 11 years old, I was dressed up in blackface to perform in the Mariinsky Ballet's production of La Bayadère.

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Here's the First Trailer for the "In the Heights" Movie

Lights up on Washington Heights—because the trailer for the movie adaptation of the hit Broadway musical In the Heights has arrived. It's our first look into Lin-Manuel Miranda's latest venture into film—because LMM isn't stopping at three Tony awards, a Grammy award, and an Emmy.

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