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Princess Grace Award Winners

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hi!

I finally found the list: ballet and dance

David Hallberg-ABT !!!

Jennie Somogyi-NYCB

Nicholle Rochelle-NCDT

Rachel Less-Julliard

Michell Jiminez-Washington Ballet

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Not that I don't love Jennie Somogyi (I do) but isn't she a bit more established than the usual Princess Grace winner? She is a principal dancer already and has been for nearly two years.

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Hi!

I suspect that she may have gotten a fellowship, which sometime goes to an older dancer-dancers like Seth Belliston, Carlos Acosta, Gonzalo Garcia, Jared Angle, Alexandra Ansanelli and Miranda Weese have all gotten fellowships later in their careers.

Kate

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Quick correction: It's Rachael Tess, formerly of OBT School, Portland Oregon where she studied ballet with Haydee Gutierrez (Now at the Tampa Center for the Performing Arts).

That's 2 Princess Grace winners in three years trained by Haydee! (Angela Snow of ABT won in 2000)

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Congratulations to Rachel Tess and Haydee Gutierrez (who is a fabulous teacher in my opinion).

I've not seen Rachel in many years but I remember her as being quite beautiful, resembling Olivia Hussey in the film 'Romeo and Juliet'.

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Hi -

Rachel Tess is Excellent! Actually, her Princess Grace is for an emphasis on her modern and contemporary work, rather than classical ballet, and was a tribute to Mr. Harkarvy who truly mentored and championed Rachel upon her entrance to Juilliard. She has also worked in studio with Lar Lubovitch in preparation for his recently performed ...smile with my heart, set to Marvin Laird's Fantasie on Themes by Richard Rodgers for ABT's 2002 City Center run.

Fellow (and younger) School of OBT alum, Angela Snow, won the Chris Hellman in 2000. (Won this year by: ABT's David Hallberg.)

Jennie Somogyi received the "Princess Grace Statute, given to a past award recipient at least ten years after their initial Princess Grace Award." Funny note - also given this year in the Film division to: Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants!

Go Ducks!

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Thanks for the info, Erik. I didn't realise the PG awards also recognize Modern. This makes sense now as I know how strong the Julliard Modern division is. Congratulations to Mr. Harkarvy.

Where would we be without these dedicated teachers?

Watermill

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>> Congratulations to Mr. Harkarvy.

>> Where would we be without these dedicated teachers?

True. Congrats now to Mr. Rhodes and the amazing staff of the dance division at Juilliard, who have carried the torch since Mr. H's passing in March.

DYK: Amber Merkens, a 2001 Princess Grace winner for modern, is also from Oregon? She's a former student of Nancy Mittleman in Newport, went to Juilliard, then Limón, and is now with Mark Morris.

We're not as moldy as people think! :D

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Somogyi won it several years ago, you can get it more than once?

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Yes, the Fellowship awards have a previous award of the prize as a prerequisite.

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