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Camille A. Brown. Photo by Christopher Duggan, courtesy of Jacob's Pillow

Jacob's Pillow has a long-standing tradition of showcasing the best in dance each summer in Becket, Massachusetts. But did you know that the festival, founded in 1933 by Ted Shawn, offers more than just great live performances? Check out the exhibits, talks and community classes being offered this summer.

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Liz Gerring, Pam Tanowitz and Michelle Dorrance. Photo by Matthew Karas, courtesy of New York City Center

Michelle Dorrance (DT, May 2012), Liz Gerring and Pam Tanowitz are the new recipients of choreography fellowships provided by New York City Center. As fellows, the three women will each get 200 hours of free studio space, a stipend, and fundraising and marketing support. City Center, which produces the Fall for Dance Festival, will consider the fellows for its 2017 festival lineup. Past recipients include Camille A. Brown (DT, August 2015), Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener, and Kyle Abraham.


In our September issue’s History: Lesson Plan, we learn about Bessie Schönberg, a celebrated composition teacher at Sarah Lawrence College for nearly 40 years, known for championing her students’ individuality. A revered mentor, she helped shape the creative work of four generations of artists.

Schönberg at Bennington College in 1934

Fun fact: The New York Dance and Performance Awards, which were established in 1983 to honor innovative dance work, are more commonly referred to as “The Bessies” in honor of Schönberg. She received her own Bessie Award for lifetime service to dance in 1988.

The 2016 Bessies take place Tuesday, October 18, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Howard Gilman Opera House. Among the nominees for awards in outstanding production, revival, performer, emerging choreographer, music composition/sound design and visual design are Camille A. Brown, Justin Peck, Donald McKayle, Ephrat Asherie and Gillian Murphy. Check out the full list of nominees here.

Photo courtesy of the American Dance Festival archives

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Four dancers have been selected as 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, an annual award to 20 National YoungArts Foundation finalists for outstanding achievement in academics, in addition to artistic excellence in dance, theater, music, visual arts and writing. Modern dancers Jared Brown and Kaylin Sturtevant of Dallas, Texas, classical Indian dancer Pavithra Nagarajan of Fremont, California, and tap dancer Dario Natarelli of New York City each received a presidential medallion at a recognition ceremony in Washington, DC. Afterward, they performed in a multidisciplinary showcase directed by Emmy Award–winner Debbie Allen. The honor is the highest level of recognition for YoungArts winners who, in the past, have included Desmond Richardson (DT, January 2016), Camille A. Brown (DT, August 2015) and The Royal Ballet’s Sarah Lamb.

Students ages 15 to 18 or in grades 10 to 12 interested in participating in the YoungArts program can apply through October 14. Youngarts.org/apply

Presidential Scholar Dario Natarelli soars during the 2016 National YoungArts Week showcase.

Photo by Pedro Portal, courtesy of YoungArts

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Choreographer and director Camille A. Brown (DT, August 2015) has been awarded the 2016 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award. In addition to an unrestricted $25,000 cash prize, the honor comes with a residency and performing engagement at the 2017 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.

The Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award was created in 2007. Previous awardees include Merce Cunningham, Michelle Dorrance (DT, May 2012) and Kyle Abraham.

Photo by Matt Murphy

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