Jennifer Stahl's blog

For the first time, the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in the Arts is looking for dance artists. This annual award for young foreign-born artists has previously focused on filmmakers, culinary artists and writers. But this year, they're inviting dancers, choreographers, artistic directors and former dancers who teach to apply for the $25,000 prize. (Four finalists will also receive $5,000 each.) Applicants can be from any dance genre. The only requirements are that they must have been board abroad, permanently reside in the U.S. and be no more than 35 years old as of December 31, 2011.

Heads up New York dancers! Peridance Capezio Center is offering a great deal through Groupon today. For $25, you get your choice of any three classes (usually $51). Step into the studio with Alexandre Proia, Igal Perry, Graciela Kozak, or any other of the studio's great ballet teachers.

 

Do you work in the dance field in New York City? Help Dance/NYC's Junior Committee figure out how to serve you best. They just launched a census to gather research on the hurdles and contributions of people ages 21–35 who work in dance.

 

No matter how beautiful they are, every dancer eventually takes a final bow. But what happens once they've given up performing?

 

In ballet, there's no such thing as perfection—especially when it comes to bodies. In our April/May issues we spoke to top dancers and directors about how shape and size affect their casting in Too Fat? Too Thin? Too Tall? Tall Short? "So You Think You Can Dance's" Melissa Sandvig opened up about being put on weight probation and being chided for eating a banana because it had too many calories.

As a dancer, it's easy to think that all you'll ever need is the music and the mirror. But in a career that depends on your body, you need to have a Plan B, no matter how talented you are.

 

For the past four decades, the Prix de Lausanne has introduced the world to the next generation of ballet stars. Alessandra Ferri, Leanne Benjamin, and Julie Kent all first broke through in the prestigious competition. This year, the Prix is launching a new master class series to offer students across the globe a chance to learn from a former winners.

 

Now that Nacho Duato is at the Mikhailovsky, his former junior troupe, Spain's Compañia Nacional de Danza 2, is singing a swan song for his choreography: the young contemporary ballet dancers are currently dancing in one final tour of Duato's works. This weekend, they're performing at The Skirball Center in New York City.

 

Japanese and American dancers in New York are coming together to put on a benefit concert to raise money for the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund.

 

This weekend I was lucky enough to catch a performance of Protégés III: The International Ballet Academy Festival. This was the third time The Kennedy Center invited students from distant corners of the world to show off their elite training in our nation's capital.