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Emily Adams has been promoted to soloist at Ballet West.
A new ballet choreographed by Sandra Brown will be featured at the Ballet Director’s Choice program presented by Colorado Ballet in March 2014.
Bianca Bulle and Alex Castillo have been promoted to the rank of soloist at Los Angeles Ballet.
Darleen Callahan has been named director of Miami City Ballet School.
Roddy Doble (previously a member of American Ballet Theatre) and Shelby Elsbree (formerly with the Royal Danish Ballet) have both joined Boston Ballet.
Silas Farley and Troy Schumacher choreographed for SAB’s 2013 Summer Choreography Workshop with advanced Summer Course students as their dancers.
Chase Finlay was promoted to the rank of principal at New York City Ballet in February, and Lauren King, Ashley Laracey, Megan LeCrone, Lauren Lovette, Brittany Pollack and Taylor Stanley were named soloists.
Brett Fukuda has joined Boston Ballet II.
Arch Higgins was named Assistant Children’s Ballet Master at New York City Ballet in September.
Christina Ghiardi has joined Pennsylvania Ballet.
Anthony Jones has been named the new head of the School of Oregon Ballet Theatre.
Glenn Keenan is a ballet master at New York City Ballet.
Ilya Kozadayev joined the Oklahoma University School of Dance as an assistant professor in September. He will also choreograph for the school’s resident company, Oklahoma Festival Ballet.
Tanaquil LeClerq’s life is the subject of a new documentary by filmmaker Nancy Buirski. Afternoon of a Faun premiered at the New York Film Festival in September and will be featured on a future broadcast of PBS’s American Masters.
Kay Mazzo will serve as president of the jury at the 2014 Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland.
Monique Meunier and Nilas Martins are the new co-directors of the Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre.
Diane Paulus received the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical for Pippin and will direct the Cirque du Soleil spectacle Amaluna opening at New York’s Citi Field in March 2014.
Gina Pazcoguin was featured on the cover of Dance Magazine in June.
A new work by Justin Peck, (Murder Ballads) was premiered by Benjamin Millepied’s LA Dance Project at Paris’s Maison de la Danse in September. Both men also choreographed new ballets for NYCB’s fall gala. Justin’s Capricious Maneuvers was his fourth work for the Company, while Benjamin’s Neverwhere marked his fifth NYCB commission.
Tiler Peck received the Princess Grace Statue Award in August. She will star in Little Dancer, a new musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman at the Kennedy Center in October 2014.
Wendy Perron is the author of Through the Eyes of a Dancer (Wesleyan University Press), which merges a memoir of her life as a dancer/choreographer with a compilation of her writings on dance over several decades as a critic, editor and commentator.
Nancy Reynolds received the 2013 Bessie Award for Service to the Field of Dance.
A memoir by Jenifer Ringer, Dancing Through It: My Journey in the Ballet, will be published by Viking Press in February.
Keith Roberts started his new position as ballet master at American Ballet Theatre in September.
Isabella Tobias competed in the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships in the category of pairs ice dancing and placed 15th.
Christian Tworzyanski joined Ballet Monaco in September 2013, joining fellow SAB alums Joseph Hernandez and Lucien Postlewaite.
Edward Villella choreographed Reveries, a new ballet for Ice Theater of New York that premiered in October.
Wendy Whelan performed an evening length program of pas de deux choreographed on her by Kyle Abraham, Joshua Beamish, Brian Brooks and Alejandro Currudo at Jacob's Pillow in August. She will tour the same program, titled Restless Creature, to eight U.S. cities and London in 2014. Wendy discusses the inception of Restless Creature in Pointe Magazine’s December/January issue cover story.