Photo by Martha Swope, courtesy of Billy Rose Theatre Division, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Mikhail Nikolaevitch Baryshnikov is one of the greatest male ballet dancers of all time, ranked with Vaslav Nijinsky and Rudolf Nureyev. Hailed for his performances with American Ballet Theatre in the 1970s and '80s, Baryshnikov has had a wide-ranging career, spanning the realms of choreography, performance, direction, film, television and theater.

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Jody Sperling's video "Ice Floe" (edited by Ben Harden and Amanda Kowalski) received second place from Human Impact Institute's Creative Climate Awards. Photo by Pierre Coupel.

In 2014, Jody Sperling became the first choreographer to conduct research on a U.S. Coast Guard science expedition to the Arctic Ocean. She's now making a 30-minute work that she hopes will call attention to the impact of climate change.

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