Ballet dancers are singularly creative people, but the ballet world can be a difficult environment for choreographers. Mounting a show of your own work requires dancers, studio space, a performance venue—a whole bunch of moving parts that are difficult (and expensive) to coordinate.
That's where the Capezio A.C.E. Award competition comes in. For the past five years now, the contest has awarded one choreographer each year a $15,000 production budget to go toward their own show in New York City.