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.
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.