Tyson Ali Clark. Photo by Igor Burlak Photography, courtesy Boston Ballet.

Boston Ballet Trainee Receives a Princess Grace Award

Every year, the Princess Grace Foundation-USA recognizes a group of exceptional dancers and choreographers with scholarships, apprenticeships and fellowships—and gets us excited about emerging talent to watch. The 2016 Princess Grace Award winners, announced this week, are no exception.

Fifteen-year-old Tyson Ali Clark, a trainee at Boston Ballet School, is one of the dance recipients for 2016. A Massachusetts native, he started training with BBS in 2008 and has spent summers at the School of American Ballet and Houston Ballet Academy. He became a BBS trainee on full merit scholarship last year, and has performed with the main company and Boston Ballet II in works like The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and John Neumeier's Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler.


Clark is in good company with this year's other awardees, which include Hubbard Street Dance Chicago member Jeffery Duffy and choreographer Danielle Agami. Dance Theatre of Harlem's Chyrstyn Fentroy received a dance Honorarium. These artists join an impressive group of past Princess Grace Award winners: Ballet stars like Tiler Peck, Isabella Boylston and Gillian Murphy have been recognized in recent years.

Congratulations to all the 2016 winners—we can't wait to see what they'll do next!

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