2016 Wien Awards

The School of American Ballet is pleased to announce the following recipients of the 2016 Mae L. Wien Award:

Jonathan Stafford

Emma Von Enck
Christopher D'Ariano
Ethan Fuller

From left: Jonathan Stafford, Kay Mazzo, Ethan Fuller, Emma Von Enck,
Christopher D'Ariano; Photo by Paul Kolnik

JONATHAN STAFFORD was born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and began his dance training at age 8 with Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary. He attended SAB’s 1996 and 1997 Summer Courses before enrolling as a full time student in the fall of 1997. Mr. Stafford became an apprentice with New York City Ballet in October 1998 and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in February 1999. He received Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award in 1999. He was promoted to Soloist in March of 2006 and named Principal in May 2007. Mr. Stafford joined SAB’s permanent faculty in September 2007. Since retiring from dancing in May 2014, Mr. Stafford has continued at NYCB in the role of ballet master and, concurrent with his SAB faculty position, assumed the newly created School role of Professional Placement Manager. A graduate of Professional Children’s School, Mr. Stafford graduated summa cum laude from the Fordham School of Professional and Continuing Studies in May with a B.A. in Organizational Leadership.

EMMA VON ENCK, 18, was inspired to begin ballet by her older sisters Nicole (now dancing at Texas Ballet Theater) and Claire (now at NYCB). After beginning at age 5 with Joanne Morscher at the Royal School of Ballet in Ohio, she trained at the Cleveland School of Dance and then at Cleveland Ballet Conservatory with Kerry Skuderin and Heather McCoy. Emma attended SAB’s five-week Summer Course twice preceding a 2012 invitation to enroll as a fulltime student. She has danced in SAB’s Student Choreography Workshops (2014/15), the New York Choreographic Institute (spring 2016), SAB’s free family performances in Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx (2015/16), and in NYCB’s public school lecture demonstrations (2015/16). For the past two years Emma has been a Children’s Division teaching assistant for the “Girls II” class level. She performed a featured corps role in Swan Lake for SAB’s 2014 Workshop and the principal female role in Valse Fantaisie at the 2015 Workshop. This year she danced a principal part in all Workshop performances of Danses Concertantes.

CHRISTOPHER D'ARIANO,18, took up jazz, tap and ballet at Performer’s Edge Dance Academy in the Bronx at age 7. At 10 he was awarded a gold medal for jazz at the IDO World Showdance Championships. Christopher enrolled at Ballet Tech at age 9 to train and perform with SAB alumnus Eliot Feld and Christine Sarry, originating a role in Feld’s Upside DANCE. He also trained at East Coast Movement with Billy Larson, and through a Ballet Tech partnership with Juilliard took modern classes with Risa Steinberg. Upon graduation from Ballet Tech at age 14, Christopher was accepted into SAB’s Intermediate Men’s class for the 2012-13 Winter Term. As a member of the Advanced Men’s class for the past three years he has choreographed three original works for SAB’s Student Choreography Workshop and participated in six sessions of the New York Choreographic Institute. He worked as a teaching assistant in the Children’s Division “Boys II” class last year. Christopher will graduated from Professional Children’s School in June. He appeared in Western Symphony at the 2014 Workshop and danced two featured roles in Fanfare in 2015. This year he appeared in The Four Temperaments and Les Gentilhommes.

ETHAN FULLER, 18, began his dance training at New Dimensions Dance Company near Orlando, Florida, at the age of 7. At 12 he won the leading role in the national Broadway tour of Billy Elliot, alternating performances with four other boys during 2010-11 tour dates. He subsequently returned to Florida to train at Next Generation Ballet with SAB/NYCB alumnus Peter Stark and spent the summers of 2013 and 2014 at the school of the Paris Opera Ballet. He was awarded the National Young Arts Foundation’s Silver Award in 2014. Ethan was admitted to SAB’s Winter Term in the fall of 2014, following in the footsteps of his older brother Colin, an SAB alumnus and recent Juilliard graduate. Ethan performed principal roles in Valse Fantaisie and Fanfare at the School’s 2015 Workshop Performances. This year, he performed principal roles in The Four Temperaments and Les Gentilhommes. Ethan received Lincoln Center’s Emerging Artist Award in March.