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Albert Evans, a NYCB principal who was only the second African American principal dancer in the company's history, died on Monday night following a short illness. He was 46 years old.

High school students and ballet dancers Adam Bernstein and Daniela O’Neil have been named 2015 Presidential Scholars in the Arts—one of the highest honors available to high school students. The third Presidential Scholar in dance is Anagha Prasanna, a classical Indian dancer.

There's a warm and fuzzy feeling when dancers you've been following for years finally make it to the top. Of course, just making it into a company is a remarkable accomplishment and something to be proud of. But if there's one thing successful dancers have in common, it's that they never settle. And the corps is great until you're ready to be a soloist...and so on.

The 2015/2016 Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema season looks as promising as ever. This year, the lineup includes crowd pleasers Giselle and Jewels, along with Jean-Cristophe Maillot’s The Taming of the Shrew (which was created for the Bolshoi) and The Lady of the Camellias (which only recently entered the company's rep).

 

The performances will be screened on Sundays, between October and January, and you can find location information here.

 

It's heartbreaking when a great ballerina retires and only a lucky few thousand people can see her final performance. Not so, with Pacific Northwest Ballet principal Carla Körbes. Her final performance with PNB will be live-streamed through PNB.org/Live on Sunday, June 7 at 6:30pm PST. 

Another regional company is weathering financial instability. Sacramento Ballet announced on Tuesday that it was laying off all of its dancers for the remainder of the 2014/2015 season due to a budget shortfall. After Ballet San Jose's near miss earlier this year, the news is an especially disheartening look at the reality of arts funding in the U.S.

For an all-too-brief period of one month, both American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet will perform at the Lincoln Center. Though the repertoire of each company differs greatly, their theaters are steps away from each other, and it's wonderful to walk by and see people streaming into the respective buildings for a night at the ballet.

Melissa Hamilton, a first soloist at The Royal Ballet, will join Semperoper Ballett in Dresden, Germany, for the 2015/16 season. Semperoper Ballett has been directed by Aaron S. Watkin since 2006, and the company has undergone major changes to its repertoire.

In an effort to support female ballet choreographers, NYU's recently formed Center for Ballet and the Arts will now offer the Virginia B. Toulmin Fellowship for Women Choreographers—a 35,000 stipend, office and studio space, and access to housing in NYC. The fellowship will be awarded to three choreographers and for a three-year period. 

Plains Midstream Canada, an energy company located in Calgary, Alberta, will sponsor a new international partnership between Alberta Ballet and Houston Ballet. Though Alberta Ballet is Canada's second largest ballet company, the organization is seeking to raise its international profile. Houston Ballet will perform in Edmonton and Calgary in late April and early May, while Alberta Ballet performed in Houston in January, 2015. At that point, it wasn't clear that the tour would develop into its current partnership between the companies.