Greta Hodgkinson. Photo by Karolina Kuras, Courtesy National Ballet of Canada

News of Note: What You May Have Missed in September 2019

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


Comings & Goings

Koto Ishihara has joined National Ballet of Canada as a first soloist. Greta Hodgkinson will retire after the 2019–20 season, giving her final performance in March.

Meklit Hadero has been appointed chief of program at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Sydnie Liggett has been appointed executive director at A.I.M.

A dark-skinned woman with collarbone-length dreads smiles at the camera.

Sydnie Liggett

Joel Cadet, Courtesy A.I.M

Awards & Honors

Sarah Michelson has been named a 2019 MacArthur Fellow, which includes a $625,000 unrestricted cash award.

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I turned to tap at the outset of the European lockdown as a meaningful escape from the anxiety of the pandemic. As a dance historian specialized in dance film, I've seen my fair share of tap on screen, but my own training remains elementary. While sheltering in place, my old hardwood floors beckoned. I wanted to dig deeper in order to better understand tap's origins and how the art form has evolved today. Not so easy to accomplish in France, especially from home.

Enter the L.A. Tap Fest's first online edition.

Alongside 100 other viewers peering out from our respective Zoom windows, I watch a performer tap out rhythms on a board in their living room. Advanced audio settings allow us to hear their feet. In the chat box, valuable resources are being shared and it's common to see questions like, "Can you post the link to that vaudeville book you mentioned?" Greetings and words of gratitude are also exchanged as participants trickle in and out from various times zones across the US and around the world.

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