Alice Sheppard in Kinetic Light's DESCENT

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News of Note: What You Might Have Missed in October 2020

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


Comings & Goings

Kim Y. Bears-Bailey has been named artistic director of Philadanco. Founder Joan Myers Brown is now artistic advisor; Janine Beckles assistant artistic director; Donald T. Lunsford II artistic director of D/2.

Wayne McGregor has been appointed director of dance for La Biennale di Venezia for 2021–24.

Jose Sebastian has been appointed director of ABT Incubator, succeeding David Hallberg.

Chun Wai Chan will join New York City Ballet as a soloist beginning with the 2021–22 season. Principal dancers Maria Kowroski, Gonzalo Garcia and Ask la Cour will retire from the company during the 2021–22 season.

Awards & Honors

Ralph Lemon, an older Black man with graying hair, wearing a blue button down, looks seriously at the camera through square-rimmed glasses.

Ralph Lemon

Courtesy John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation


Ralph Lemon was named a 2020 MacArthur Fellow, which comes with a $625,000 unrestricted grant.

Jaamil Olawale Kosoko received a 2020 Pew Fellowship, which includes a $75,000 unrestricted grant. The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage also awarded project grants to Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers for WHERE IS MY B-O-D-Y, a collaboration with Gus Solomons jr and Pallabi Chakravorty, and Pig Iron Theatre Company for The Pregnant Speakeasy, which will feature choreography by Faye Driscoll.

The first cohort of Disability Futures Fellows includes Alice Sheppard, Jerron Herman and Perel. Each Fellow will receive a $50,000 grant.

Recipients of 2020 Olivier Awards include Mthuthuzeli November (Best New Dance Production for Ingoma, created for Ballet Black), Sarah Baras (Outstanding Achievement in Dance for Ballet Flamenco—Sombras), and Matthew Bourne and Stephen Mear (Best Theatre Choreographer for Mary Poppins).

National Ballet of Canada received the 2019/20 Pat Arato Community Partner Award.

Toni Pimble received one of Oregon's 2020 Governor's Arts Awards.

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Laurieann Gibson's New Book Is the Blueprint Dancers Need to Achieve Their Dreams

Emmy-nominated choreographer, director, producer and now author Laurieann Gibson proclaims she's an "unstoppable" force, and it shows. After taking a bus to New York City as a young dancer to train at The Ailey School, Gibson climbed her way to the top of the dance, film and television industries, choreographing and directing world tours for icons like Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj. Now, with the release of her first book, Dance Your Dance: 8 Steps to Unleash Your Passion and Live Your Dream, Gibson—a 2020 Dance Magazine Award honoree—uses her story to inspire dancers on their own journeys of harnessing their unique gifts.

To celebrate the release of Dance Your Dance, Gibson took to our Instagram for a live masterclass and Q&A with Dance Magazine editor in chief Jennifer Stahl.

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