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Congrats to the 2017 Princess Grace Award Winners!

New York City Ballet's Miriam Miller, one of 2017's Princess Grace Award winners (photo by Lucas Chilczuk)

This year's Princess Grace Award winners were announced yesterday—and they include some very familiar faces.


The Princess Grace crowd is an incredibly distinguished bunch. Past winners in the dance category include Skylar Brandt, Beckanne Sisk, Isabella Boylston, Sarah Lane, Drew Jacoby, Tiler Peck, Cindy Salgado, David Hallberg, Michelle Dorrance, and Gillian Murphy—to name just a few. Here are the dancers and choreographers joining their ranks this year:

DANCE

Jacquelin Harris
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Andrew Eccles, courtesy AAADT

We talked with the ferociously talented Harris soon after she joined AAADT.


Mikaela Kelly
Juilliard School of Dance

Look for Mikaela (and her gorgeous feet) in our September issue!


Miriam Miller
New York City Ballet

Lucas Chilczuk

As if you needed an excuse to revisit our September 2016 cover story on the exceptionally elegant NYCB corps member.


Gian Carlo Perez
The Washington Ballet


Lyvan Verdecia
Ballet Hispanico


CHOREOGRAPHY

Bryan Arias
For work made for Charlotte Ballet


Gemma Bond
For work made for The Washington Ballet

Bond, who's also an American Ballet Theatre corps member, discussed her choreographic inspirations in our February 2017 issue.


Raja Feather Kelly
For work made for Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company


STATUE AWARD

Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards

Matthew Karas

The fabulous tapper won her first Princess Grace Award back in 1994. (The Statue Awards honor previous winners who've continued to do exceptional work.) Read her inspiring "Letter to My Teenage Self."


CHOREOGRAPHY MENTORSHIP CO-COMMISSION AWARD

Zoe Scofield


SPECIAL PROJECTS

Andrea Miller

Matthew Karas

The piercingly intelligent choreographer's trailblazing company, Gallim Dance, starred on our February 2017 cover.

Amanda LaCount showing off her skills (screenshot via YouTube)

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Angela Sterling, courtesy PNB

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Photo by Joe Toreno

The coolest place she's ever performed:

I'd have to say the Super Bowl. The field was so cool, and Katy Perry was right there. And there were so many eyes—definitely the most eyes I've ever performed for!


Something she's constantly working on:

My feet. I'm flat-footed, so I'm always hearing, 'Point your toes!' And I'm like, 'I am!'


Signature look:

My hair! That, and a pair of leggings with a T-shirt or tank top.


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Dear Katie,

For a long time, I was the strongest dancer at my studio. But this year there's a new girl in my class who's very talented, and my teacher's attention has definitely shifted to her. I'm trying not to feel jealous or discouraged, but it seems like my whole dance world has changed. Help!

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