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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What Copyright Protections Do Choreographers Have Over Their Work?

When choreography is created, is it protected by copyright? Yes and no.

JaQuel Knight is facing this question today in his journey to copyright his iconic choreographic work with artists like Beyoncé and Megan Thee Stallion. Thanks to U.S. copyright law, the process has not been easy. Through a partnership with the Dance Notation Bureau, Knight has been working with Lynne Weber to put his work into Labanotation. On July 9, 2020, he received an approved registered copyright for his "Single Ladies" choreography, making him the first commercial choreographer in pop music to succeed in copyrighting his work.

Understanding the challenges in making this happen requires a close look at the history of U.S. copyright law. Here's what dancemakers should know about the background of copyright, how they can register their work and what more could be done to legally protect dance.

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