Jennifer Stahl's blog

This afternoon I got the chance to attend the presentation of the 2011 Martin E. Segal Awards. This year's recipients included School of American Ballet Student Meaghan Dutton O'Hara as well as filmmaker Laura Poitras. Each received $7,500 to advance their careers.

It's a bird, it's a plane—nope, it's Daniel Ulbricht.

 

Think you've got what it takes to be the next Christopher Wheeldon? Ballet Austin hopes so! The Texas company's biennial choreographic competition, New American Talent/Dance, is currently seeking entrants for the 2012 edition.

 

The contest brings the top three finalists to Austin to create a new 20-minute contemporary work on the Ballet Austin dancers. All three pieces of choreography will premiere in front of a renowned jury and a live voting audience in February 2012. Up to $20,000 is at stake.

 

Sometimes it seems like we spend our lives on Facebook—we chronicle our days, stalk our crushes, connect with long lost friends. Why not put social media to use to win a scholarship?

 

Northwest Dance Project is looking for two emerging choreographers to bring to Portland, OR for their third annual "Pretty Creatives" project.

Step into the creative process of some of New York City's most exciting up-and-coming choreographers. This month, Manhattan Movement & Arts Center is launching Playground, an open workshop series for professional dancers to experience a choreographer's method and movement ideas. Sponsored by Home4Dance, the mission is to build a community of artistic exchange. For just a $5 suggested donation, any professional dancer can spend a couple hours in the studio with one of several promising choreographers. The workshops take place every weekday from 1–3 pm starting on February 28.

Russian Culture Now is offering new scholarship awards to students passionate about either the fine arts or Russian culture.

 

Nope, we're not talking about sending flowers and chocolates on Valentine's Day; we're talking about improving your pas de deux skills. 

 

We've all got our favorite ballet dancers and choreographers. Who's yours?

 

Can't make it to Switzerland this weekend? No problem! You can watch the Prix de Lausanne finals live online.

 

Beginning at 9 am EST, the competition will host a live broadcast of the competitors' performances at www.prixdelausanne-live.com. If you download the free Prix de Lausanne app, you can even watch it directly on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.