News: The Princess Grace Awards

The Princess Grace Awards annually honor talent in theater, film and dance with scholarship, apprenticeship and fellowship grants. This year, at an awards gala on November 10 in New York City, six dancers and two choreographers are recognized.


Andrea Parson (pictured) earned her BA in dance from Loyola Marymount University and is now a member of Northwest Dance Project.


Andrew Wojtal is pursuing a BFA at the California Institute of the Arts.


Ashley J. Jackson has danced with North Carolina Dance Theatre 2 and is currently a member of Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet.


Rachel Meyer joined Dominic Walsh Dance Theater after graduating from the University of Utah.


Brett Perry joined Trey McIntyre Project after graduating from The Juilliard School.


Craig Black will receive his BFA from The Juilliard School in 2011.


Kyle Abraham received a BFA from SUNY Purchase and an MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. He now teaches and choreographs throughout the U.S.


Choreographer Victor Quijada danced with Eliot Feld Ballet and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal and founded RUBBERBANDANCE GROUP.


Photo by YiYin, courtesy of Princess Grace Foundation—USA

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