Congrats to the Clive Barnes Award Nominees!

American Ballet Theatre's gorgeous Devon Teuscher is one of this year's Clive Barnes Award nominees. (photo by Rosalie O'Connor)

The Clive Barnes Award is kind of a big deal.

For the past four years, the Clive Barnes Foundation has presented the $5,000 prize to one young dancer and one young theater actor each year, in memory of Barnes and his beautiful, insightful criticism. (Barnes wrote for the New York Times, the New York Post and Dance Magazine for many years.) And its short list of winners already features some seriously impressive names, including DS favorites Isabella Boylston and Lauren Lovette. Just getting nominated is a pretty solid indicator of dance career success.

This year's Clive Barnes Award dance finalists were just announced. They are:

Christopher Bloom

Ballet Hispanico

Russell Janzen

New York City Ballet

Harrison Ball

New York City Ballet

Devon Teuscher

American Ballet Theatre

Congrats to the nominees! We're big fans of all of these dancers, but can we put in a special vote for Teuscher? She's been giving absolutely fantastic performances at ABT for the past few seasons. (And the company knows it: She was just promoted to soloist.)

The winner will be announced on January 26 at a ceremony in NYC. Stay tuned!

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