Radetsky in Dutch National Ballet’s production of George Balanchine’s Prodigal Son.

Former American Ballet Theatre soloist Sascha Radetsky is one of eight artists named by the Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU as 2015 Fall Fellows. The artists—each of varying disciplines—will pursue projects related to the creation and study of ballet. Radetsky plans to write a work of fiction set in the ballet world.

Having recently retired from dancing with ABT and currently starring in the new television series "Flesh and Bone" (premiering November 8 on Starz), he is looking toward his next step. “No clear path has unfurled in front of me, so I’m trying a bunch of different things out. I did a little acting, teaching and a little choreographing, but I’ve always loved writing,” says Radetsky, who has written for Dance Magazine.

Though he hasn’t finalized his plans for the book, dance will definitely play an important role. “I see it as a kind of love letter to dance. I’m not sure if it will turn into a novel or a book of shorter stories with dance as the common denominator, but ideally I’d like to open a little window into our world and translate some of my own experiences into fiction and show why I’ve devoted my life to the artform,” he explains.

CBA will provide him with workspace at NYU and a $3,000 monthly stipend for the four months devoted to the project. “The Center is really putting faith in me, but I think that’s part of what they are all about—taking risks and coming at ballet from different angles,” says Radetsky.

Photo by Angela Sterling, courtesy of Radetsky © Balanchine Trust.

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Pamela Plagge-Isaac, a 2012 NATF Fellow from Brooklyn Center, Minnesota

At last week’s Dance Teacher Summit, speakers emphasized the importance of feeding your craft and nurturing your passion. Don’t let your enthusiasm for self-development fade in the wake of the event. Keep those creative juices flowing, and apply to the Boston Arts Academy’s fellowship program for public arts high school teachers.

Hosted by the BAA’s Center for Arts in Education, the National Artist Teacher Fellowship Program will provide as many as 20 grants of $5,500 to selected arts teachers from all disciplines.

Fellows design their own project to enhance their artistry, which can include taking courses, attending workshops or festivals, taking on a residency, completing an independent study project or something totally different. The funds can be used to cover everything from accommodations and travel to art-making equipment to childcare during the program. Plus, a grant of $1,500 is awarded to each fellow's school to support activities in the classroom.

Applications will be available online by September 27; due November 18. Interested teachers must provide a letter of intent detailing specific plans for the grant, so start planning now. For more information, visit bostonartsacademy.org/center/natf.

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