The Mae L. Wien Awards
2011 Wien Awardees
The School of American Ballet is pleased to announce the following recipients of the 2011 Mae L. Wien Award:
MAE L. WIEN FACULTY AWARD FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE
Lisa de Ribère
MAE L. WIEN AWARDS FOR OUTSTANDING PROMISE
LISA de RIBÈRE, a native of York, Pennsylvania, studied ballet with Marcia Dale Weary in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and at the Pennsylvania Ballet School before enrolling at the School of American Ballet at age 13 on a Ford Foundation scholarship. Three years later, George Balanchine invited her to join New York City Ballet, where she danced for nine years before joining American Ballet Theatre as a soloist. Ms. de Ribère retired from performing in 1984 and turned her full attention to choreography. She has created over 80 works for companies in the United States and Europe and has received four choreography fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. Ms. de Ribere joined the faculty of the School of American Ballet in September 2007. Her work as a dance maker is the subject of a new documentary—The Choreographer—which aired last month on public television.
HARRISON BALL began ballet classes at the age of 4 with Patricia Cantwell and Jill Bahr at Charleston Ballet Theater, not far from his childhood home on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina. He attended SAB’s Summer Course for two years before enrolling as a full-time student at the age of 14. Harrison has choreographed two ballets to music by Dmitri Shostakovich for SAB’s Student Choreography Workshops and participated as a dancer in the 2011 Spring Session of the New York Choreographic Institute. He danced featured roles in Workshop productions of Fanfare (2008) and Bourrée Fantasque (2010). In the 2011 Workshop Performances, Harrison performed principal parts in both Les Gentilhommes and Allegro Brillante.
MEAGHAN DUTTON-O'HARA studied at SAB for four years. She started dancing at the age of 3 at the Frederick School of Classical Ballet in Maryland, where she stayed until attending SAB’s 2007 Summer Course on a full merit scholarship. She enrolled at SAB as a full-time student that fall at the age of 13. Meaghan performed principal parts in Scènes de Ballet and Bourrée Fantasque in the 2010 Workshop Peformances. In 2011, she danced a leading role in Who Cares?. Meaghan recently received Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award, which honors exceptional young artists, and graduated from Professional Children’s School in June 2011.
ANGELICA GENEROSA a native of South River, New Jersey, started her dance training as a young girl with Gina Forcella at Dance Stop Dance Education Center in the nearby town of Sayreville. When she was 12, she enrolled at Princeton Ballet, where her teachers included SAB/NYCB alumna Kyra Nichols, Mary Barton and Douglas Martin. Not long after appearing as “Clara” in New York City’s Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Angelica attended her first of two SAB Summer Courses. She enrolled as a full-time student when she was 13 and has since progressed to SAB’s most advanced training level. For the 2009 Workshop, she performed “Liberty Bell” in Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes with one week’s notice when a senior student was injured. In 2010, she danced a principal role in Bourrée Fantasque and also appeared in Valse Fantaisie and Scènes de Ballet. In the 2011 Workshop Performances, she was featured in Allegro Brillante at all performances.
PETER WALKER was inspired to start tap lessons with Judy Murray in Fort Myers, Florida, when he was 8 after viewing the classic movie musical Singin’ in the Rain. Ms. Murray encouraged him to supplement his tap training with ballet, and when he was 9 he enrolled at SAB/NYCB alumna Melinda Roy’s Gulfshore Ballet, where his primary teachers included Ms. Roy and Roberto Munoz. After attending two SAB Summer Courses, Peter placed his full focus on ballet and enrolled in SAB’s Winter Term at the age of 14. He has danced in multiple sessions of the New York Choreographic Institute and SAB’s Student Choreography Workshop and choreographed his first ballet for the latter last fall. At the 2011 Workshop, Peter danced in Les Gentilhommes and performed the leading male role in Who Cares?