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Ellen Bar produced the acclaimed film Ballet 422, which documents the creation of Justin Peck’s Paz de la Jolla at New York City Ballet.
Hinton Battle released a jazz recording, Something New, on iTunes in 2014.
Zachary Catazaro, Anthony Huxley and Russell Janzen have been promoted to the rank of soloist at NYCB.
Marria Cosentino has joined Pennsylvania Ballet.
Maurice Brandon Curry directed and choreographed Stories From the Night Before at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in 2014, which featured Sara Mearns, Kaitlyn and Raina Gilliland, and Savannah Lowery. A portion of the evening’s proceeds benefited the Dancers Care Foundation.
Julie Diana was named a ballet master at Pennsylvania Ballet last summer after retiring as a principal dancer with the company in the spring.
Lillian DiPiazza has been promoted to the rank of soloist at Pennsylvania Ballet.
Serene Meshel-Dillman directed the documentary Getting to the Nutcracker, which was released theatrically in 2014.
Amanda Edge will join the faculty of Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet this fall.
Ansel Elgort was named one of GQ’s 2014 “Men of the Year” after starring on the big screen in The Fault in Our Stars and Divergent.
Megan and Robert Fairchild are both currently starring in Broadway musicals to great acclaim. Megan portrays Ivy Smith in On the Town at the Lyric Theater, and Robbie has received a Tony nomination for An American in Paris at the Palace Theatre.
Shimon Ito has joined Miami City Ballet.
Peter Frame staged the “Taylor solo” from Episodes for Miami City Ballet in 2014. The solo had not been performed since 1986, when Paul Taylor himself coached Peter Frame in the role at NYCB.
Kurt Froman is the dance captain and a swing for the new Broadway production of An American in Paris. He has recently worked with the Verdon Fosse Estate to reconstruct lost choreography by Bob Fosse and serves on the faculties of the School at Steps and Broadway Dance Center in New York City.
Jennifer Homans founded and currently directs the Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University.
Cecilia Iliesiu has been named a soloist at Carolina Ballet.
Timothy Lynch has been named Director of BalletMet Dance Academy in Columbus, Ohio.
Patricia McBride was one of five recipients in December of the 2014 Kennedy Center Honors.
Arthur Mitchell was presented with a Bessie Award for Lifetime Achievement in Dance last October.
Philip Neal will serve as interim artistic director of Next Generation's 2015 Summer Intensive in Tampa, Florida.
Arantxa Ochoa was named Director of the School of Pennsylvania Ballet last fall. Amy Aldridge and Lauren Fadeley are members of the school’s faculty.
Jordan Pacitti is the proprietor of Jordan Samuel Skin, a facial studio and retail space in Seattle featuring his own line of skin care products.
Director Diane Paulus received a number of plaudits in 2014, including being named to Time magazine’s “Time 100” list, The New York Daily News’s “50 Most Powerful Women in New York” and as one of Variety’s “Trailblazing Women in Entertainment for 2014”. She will direct the new musical Invisible Thread at Second Stage Theatre this fall.
Justin Peck has been named Resident Choreographer of New York City Ballet and has recently received commissions from Paris Opera Ballet, Miami City Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet.
Tiler Peck starred in The Little Dancer, a new musical directed by Susan Stroman, at the Kennedy Center last fall, and Polly Baird and Lyrica Woodruff also appeared in the cast.
Jennifer Ringer is the Director of the Colburn Dance Academy at the Colburn School in Los Angeles. Her husband James Fayette is the Dance Academy’s Associate Director as well as the Managing Director of LA Dance Project.
Chita Rivera has received her tenth Tony Award nomination for her starring role in the Kander and Ebb musical The Visit, placing her in a tie with actress Julie Harris as the most nominated performer in Tony history.
Miriam Rowan-Parrott is a Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology at PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium in Palo Alto, CA.
Rachel Sage has been nominated for 5 Independent Music Awards and continues to tour in support of her recent album Blue Roses.
Troy Schumacher’s first work for NYCB, Clearing Dawn, premiered last September.
Andrew Scordato has joined the School of American Ballet’s faculty and continues as a member of New York City Ballet.
Avichai Scher is an operations and events associate in the Commitments Department of the Clinton Global Initiative.
Christopher Stowell was named Ballet Master and Assistant to the Artistic Director at San Francisco Ballet last summer.
Jock Soto and Jason Fowler staged Christopher Wheeldon’s Liturgy for Pennsylvania Ballet last fall.
Laura (Gilbreath) Tisserand and her husband Jerome Tisserand have both been named principal dancers at Pacific Northwest Ballet, and William Yin-Lee was promoted to soloist.
Isabella Tobias competed in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, representing Lithuania in Ice Dancing with her partner Deividas Stagniunas.
After performing with NYCB for 30 years, Wendy Whelan retired from the Company last October. In November she was appointed Artistic Associate at New York’s City Center and has also joined the faculty of Ballet Academy East in Manhattan.
Damien Woetzel was presented with a 2015 Harvard Arts Medal in April in recognition of his achievements in the arts.