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

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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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Go Behind the Scenes of USC Kaufman’s Virtual Dance Festival

Now more than ever, the students of USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance are embodying their program's vision: "The New Movement."

As the coronavirus pandemic stretches on, the dance world continues to be faced with unprecedented challenges, but USC Kaufman's faculty and BFA students haven't shied away from them. While many schools have had to cancel events or scale them back to live-from-my-living-room streams, USC Kaufman has embraced the situation and taken on impressive endeavors, like expanding its online recruitment efforts.

November 1 to 13, USC Kaufman will present A/Part To/Gather, a virtual festival featuring world premieres from esteemed faculty and guest choreographers, student dance films and much more. All semester long, they've rehearsed via Zoom from their respective student apartments or hometowns. And they haven't solely been dancing. "You have a rehearsal process, and then a filming process, and a production process of putting it together," says assistant professor of practice Jennifer McQuiston Lott of the prerecorded and professionally edited festival.

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