Calvin Royal III as Lescaut in Sir Kenneth MacMillan's Manon

Gene Schiavone, Courtesy ABT

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

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


Comings & Goings

At American Ballet Theatre, Joo Won Ahn, Aran Bell, Skylar Brandt, Thomas Forster, Calvin Royal III and Cassandra Trenary have been promoted to principal, Gabe Stone Shayer to soloist.

At Pennsylvania Ballet, Jack Thomas has been promoted to first soloist, Thays Golz to soloist.

Maria Kochetkova has joined Finnish National Ballet as a lead principal dancer for the 2020–21 season.

Melanie George and Ali Rosa-Salas have been named associate curators at Jacob's Pillow.

Nigel Redden will retire from his role as general director of Spoleto Festival USA in October 2021.

Emma Gladstone will step down from her role as artistic director of Dance Umbrella at the end of this year.

Awards & Honors

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ballet Hispánico, Dance Theatre of Harlem and Urban Bush Women are among the initial recipients of the America's Cultural Treasures program, which will grant arts organizations led by and serving people of color $1 to $6 million to aid in COVID-19 recovery.

Ana María Alvarez, Sean Dorsey, Rennie Harris and Pam Tanowitz received 2020 Doris Duke Artist Awards, which includes a $275,000 grant.

Alvarez laughs as she looks at someone off-camera, showing off a side-shave and big golden earrings.

Ana María Alvarez

Courtesy Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

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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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