Roman Mejia in Robbins' Dances at a Gathering. Erin Baiano, Courtesy NYCB.

The Princess Grace Foundation has just announced its 2019 class, and we're thrilled that two ballet dancers—New York City Ballet's Roman Mejia and BalletX's Stanley Glover—are included among the list of über-talented actors, filmmakers, playwrights, dancers and choreographers.

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Pennsylvania Ballet's Sydney Dolan in rehearsal for The Nutcracker. Photo by Arian Molina Soca, Courtesy PAB.

Each year, the Princess Grace Foundation, honoring the legacy of Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco, offers awards to distinguished artists spanning the fields of theater, film and, of course, dance. The 2018 winners were just announced and include nine dancers and choreographers, five of whom—Sydney Dolan, Catherine Hurlin, David Adrian Freeland, Dana Genshaft and Claudia Schreier—hail from the ballet world. In addition to this list, choreographer Kyle Abraham received a Statue Award, recognizing his success since winning the Princess Grace Award in 2010. We can't wait to see Abraham's first-ever work for a ballet company at New York City Ballet's fashion gala this fall.

We've included more info on the ballet-affiliated winners below. Dance awards outside of the ballet realm go to Juilliard School student Matthew Gilmore, New York University student Aliza Russell, dancer Marcella Lewis and Gibney Dance Company member Shamel Pitts. You can read more about all of the awardees here.

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

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.

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Isabella Boylston recently joined a rather elite club at ABT—“The Princesses,” fellow corps de ballet member Blaine Hoven’s nickname for the nine current ABT dancers who have won Princess Grace Awards. “It  was such an honor just to win,” says Boylston, “and then to realize that I’m a part of that group”—which includes Hoven, David Hallberg and Gillian Murphy (who also won the foundation’s Statue Award this year)—“makes it even more special.”

Boylston is especially grateful to receive this kind of recognition while still in the corps. “It’s reassuring,” she says. “I feel like I’m heading in the right direction.”

A lush adagio dancer with a quietly magnetic stage presence, Boylston danced principal roles in both Clark Tippet’s Some Assembly Required and Benjamin Millepied’s new work, Everything Doesn’t Happen at Once, during ABT’s fall season at Avery Fisher Hall.

Other notable 2009 Princess Grace Award winners include Jeffrey Cirio of Boston Ballet, Joseph Walsh of Houston Ballet and Corey Scott-Gilbert of Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet. —MF

Heads up! Princess Grace Award applications are due April 30.

This prestigious award is given out to a handful of talented student and professional dancers each year. In addition to the actual award which covers a

year's worth of salary or tuition, winners also receive prime networking opportunities and are offered financial assistance for projects and residencies

throughout the rest of their career.

Students in pre-professional, not-for-profit dance schools or undergraduate dance departments and professionals who have been a member of their company for

less than five years are welcome to enter. Schools and companies may only nominate one dancer per year. The judging panel will choose five or six winners

in the dance performance category based on artistic development and potential for future excellence. Student winners receive one year of tuition at their

school, and professionals are given one year of salary at the dance company to which they belong. Applications can be found at

As dancers, we all hope that others will recognize our potential.


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