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


Lisabi Fridell, courtesy Music Box Films

Rejected by Its Home Country, This Georgian Dance Film Has Become a Surprise Hit

Director Levan Akin's new movie may have been rejected by the country where it was filmed, but elsewhere in the world, moviegoers are embracing the film a like traditional Georgian dancer, arms raised and elbows bent in an enthusiastic display of bravado.

And Then We Danced opens in nine more North American markets this weekend, on the heels of successful openings in New York, Chicago and other cities, and a slew of festival screenings around the globe.

Just not in Georgia, the native country of Akin's grandparents, where he filmed his low-budget surprise-hit dance film.

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