Congrats to the Clive Barnes Awards Nominees!

Clive Barnes was, in a word, awesome.

A longtime dance and theater critic, who wrote for the New York Times, the New York Post and our sister publication, Dance Magazine, he enthusiastically and perceptively documented an era when luminaries including George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Merce Cunningham and Paul Taylor were at the height of their creative powers.

Clive Barnes in 1976 (photo New York Times)

Today, the Clive Barnes Foundation gives out annual monetary awards to artists in the theater and dance world. This year's nominees have just been announced. On the dance side, we have Talli Jackson of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Lloyd Mayer and Xiaochuan Xie of the Martha Graham Dance Company and Calvin Royal III of American Ballet Theatre.

Beautiful Xiaochuan Xie photographed by Sibté Hassan for DS

That's pretty great company to be in, too: Past dance winners include NYCB's Lauren Lovette and Chase Finlay and ABT's Isabella Boylston.

Congrats all! This year's winners will be announced on January 6—we'll keep you posted.

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