Calvin Royal III is a Clive Barnes Award Nominee

The Clive Barnes Awards—given by the Clive Barnes Foundation in honor of the late New York Times, New York Post and Dance Magazine critic—have a history of recognizing talented dancers on the cusp of a career milestone. In 2010, New York City Ballet's Chase Finlay took home the prize; a year later, he was promoted to soloist. The 2011 award went to American Ballet Theatre's Isabella Boylston. Months after, she became a soloist as well. 2012's prize went to Lauren Lovette. And guess what? Yup: A year later, Lovette climbed to soloist at NYCB.

ABT corps member Calvin Royal III has been nominated for 2013, along with Talli Jackson of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance and Martha Graham Company dancers Lloyd Mayor and Xiaochuan Xie. Will the award keep its track record of choosing ballet dancers? We'll find out on January 6.