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Founded by George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein
Chairman of Faculty and Artistic Director Peter Martins

The Mae L. Wien Awards

2017 Wien Awards

The School of American Ballet is pleased to announce the following recipients of the 2017 Mae L. Wien Award:

MAE L. WIEN FACULTY AWARD FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE
Arch Higgins

MAE L. WIEN AWARDS FOR OUTSTANDING PROMISE
Nieve Corrigan
Gabriella Domini
Andres Zuniga

From left: Gabriella Domini, Andres Zuniga, Nieve Corrigan, and Arch Higgins;
Photo by Paul Kolnik

 
ARCH HIGGINS was born in Berkeley, California, and began studying dance at age 8 at Berkeley Ballet Theater, where his teachers included Janet Carole and former NYCB dancer Sally Streets. From the ages of 12 to 16 he attended five consecutive Summer Courses at the School of American Ballet before enrolling as a full-time student in the fall of 1986. In 1989, he received the Mae L. Wien Award for Outstanding Promise and was invited by Peter Martins to join New York City Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet that same year. Mr. Higgins was promoted to the rank of soloist in 1998. He joined SAB’s faculty in 2009 and retired from performing in 2010. Mr. Higgins has been Associate Children’s Ballet Master at New York City Ballet since the fall of 2013. In addition to his work on Scènes de Ballet for this year’s Workshop, Mr. Higgins has staged Les Gentilhommes (2011, 2016) and Le Tombeau de Couperin (2013) for SAB.
 
NIEVE CORRIGAN, 18, has been commuting from her home in Floral Park, New York, to train at SAB for the past nine years. She took her first ballet classes at age 9 after successfully auditioning for SAB in 2008. As a child she performed with NYCB in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, Circus Polka and Firebird, and in SAB Workshop productions of Twinkliana and Scènes de Ballet. Nieve danced in SAB’s 2015 Student Choreography Workshop and both choreographed and danced in 2016. She also danced in the Fall 2016 session of the New York Choreographic Institute. Nieve was featured in the 2014 Workshop production of excerpts from Swan Lake and performed the “Choleric” lead in The Four Temperaments at the 2016 Workshop. This year she danced principal roles in Hallelujah Junction and Scènes de Ballet and appeared in Scotch Symphony.
 
GABRIELLA DOMINI, 18, started dance lessons in her hometown of Gilbert, Arizona, at 6. She was cast in Ballet Arizona’s Nutcracker at age 9 and subsequently enrolled at the School of Ballet Arizona to train with Kanako Imayoshi, Nancy Crowley and Russell Clarke. In 2010, Ballet Arizona featured her as “Clara” in The Nutcracker. At 13, she enrolled at Ballet Etudes in Gilbert under the direction of Sharon Meko and later danced Aurora in that school’s production of The Sleeping Beauty. Gabriella attended two SAB Summer Courses before enrolling as a full-time student in September 2014 at age 15. She has danced in SAB’s Student Choreography Workshops (2015/16), the New York Choreographic Institute (2016/17), SAB’s free community performances (2015-17), and in NYCB’s public school lec-dems (2015/16). For the past two years Gabriella has been a Children’s Division teaching assistant. She performed featured roles in The Four Temperaments and Danses Concertantes in the 2016 Workshop. This year she danced principal parts in Scènes de Ballet and Scotch Symphony. Gabriella’s younger sister Mia is also an SAB advanced student.
 
ANDRES ZUNIGA, 18, started ballet lessons at age 13 in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, with Lourdes Tellez and Christina Lyon at Danza Tellez. In 2014, he enrolled at the Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia, and in 2015 he placed in the top twelve at the Youth America Grand Prix Finals. Andres was invited to SAB’s 2015 Summer Course and enrolled as a full-time student that fall. For the past two Winter Terms he has danced in SAB’s Student Choreography Workshop, NYCB’s lec-dems and SAB’s free community performances. He is a Children’s Division teaching assistant for the Boys IB class this year. He performed the leading role in Peter Martins’s Les Gentilhommes at SAB’s 2016 Workshop Performances and a featured part in Christopher Wheeldon’s Scènes de Ballet during New York City Ballet’s 2017 winter season. He reprised the latter role in the 2017 Workshop and performed the leading male part in Scotch Symphony. Andres graduated from Professional Performing Arts School in 2016. He was recognized with a Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award in March.