Each year, the Princess Grace Awards highlights outstanding achievement and potential in performance and choreography. Basically, they give a super prestigious award to deserving members of the dance community, and it just so happens that we've usually had our eye on the same folks.

This year, Camille A. Brown and Leslie Odom Jr. won the Statue Award, which is given to previous Princess Grace winners who've shown sustained achievement. If you're as fascinated by Brown's complex, important choreography as we are, you're going to love our September issue (wink, wink). And you know we're obsessed with anything Hamilton-related.

Dance Scholarships went to Tyson Clark, a trainee at the Boston Ballet School and Riley O'Flynn, a Juilliard student. Dance Fellowships were awarded to Trisha Brown Dance's Marc Crousillat, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago member Jeffery Duffy, Visceral Dance Chicago's Paige Fraiser (who we turned to for advice on dealing with scoliosis), Tamisha Guy (a dancer who Kyle Abraham singled out when we asked him who he loves working with), and Dance Theatre of Harlem member Chyrstyn Fentroy.

Paige Fraser (Photo by Todd Rosenberg, courtesy Nick Pupillo)

Whew, is that enough talent for you?

Want more Dance Spirit?

 

 

 

Latest Posts


Courtesy Hollywood Vibe

These Dance Comps and Conventions Are Coming to a Living Room Near You

While dancers all over the world are sharing the heartache of canceled classes, shows, and projects, our hearts hurt especially hard for a group of dancers we at Dance Spirit couldn't admire more: comp and convention kids. Determined to challenge your artistry and learn from cutting-edge faculty, you dancers normally brave crowded ballrooms and nonstop schedules all year long. But just because you might not be in one of those crowded ballrooms for a while doesn't mean that part of your dance life has to grind to a halt.

Keep Reading SHOW LESS
Getty Images

It’s OK to Grieve: Coping with the Emotional Toll of Canceled Dance Events

Grace Campbell was supposed to be onstage this week. Selected for the Kansas City Ballet School's invitation-only Kansas City Youth Ballet, her performance was meant to be the highlight of her senior year. "I was going to be Queen of the Dryads in Don Quixote, and also dance in a couple of contemporary pieces, so I was really excited," she says. A week later, the group was supposed to perform at the Youth America Grand Prix finals in NYC. In May, Grace was scheduled to take the stage again KC Ballet School's "senior solos" show and spring performance.

Now, all those opportunities are gone.

The COVID-19 pandemic has consumed the dance community. The performance opportunities students have worked all year for have been devoured with it. Those canceled shows might have been your only chance to dance for an audience all year. Or they might have been the dance equivalent to a cap and gown—a time to be acknowledged after years of work.

You can't replace what is lost, and with that comes understandable grief. Here's how to process your feelings of loss, and ultimately use them to help yourself move forward as a dancer.

Keep Reading SHOW LESS
An instructor from The Hive in Chicago leads class over Zoom (courtesy The Hive)

The Dance Student's Guide to Making the Best—and the Most—of At-Home Training

If you're social distancing to do your part to slow the spread of COVID-19, you've inevitably realized that training safely and successfully at home poses a significant challenge. We talked to dance experts to find out how you can make the best of this less-than-ideal scenario—and about the unexpected ways it can help you grow as a dancer and artist.

Keep Reading SHOW LESS
contest
Enter the Cover Model Search