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Joseph Gorak, a member of American Ballet Theatre’s corps de ballet, is the

recipient of a 2011 Princess Grace Award. The award, a Dance Fellowship, was one of

eight fellowships granted in the Dance and Choreography category. The annual Princess

Grace Foundation-USA awards were announced in New York City on August 15.

Joseph Gorak began his classical ballet training with North Central School

of Ballet in Texas. He has studied under full scholarships at the International Ballet

Competition Summer School, and also attended summer programs at American Ballet

Theatre in Austin, Texas, Orlando Ballet and the School of American Ballet. In 2005, he

joined Orlando Ballet, under the direction of Fernando Bujones. Gorak won the silver

medal in the senior men’s division at the 2005 Helsinki International Ballet Competition,

the gold medal in the senior men’s division at the 2005 Youth America Grand Prix

Finals, the silver medal from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts

and the Grand Prix Award at the 2006 YAGP Finals. Gorak joined ABT II in 2006,

was named an apprentice with American Ballet Theatre in January 2009 and became

a member of the corps de ballet in January 2010. Among his roles with the Company

are the Chinese Dance in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, a Fairy Knight in The

Sleeping Beauty and the Neapolitan Dance in Swan Lake. He created a leading role in

Ratmansky’s Dumbarton. In 2011, Gorak won the Erik Bruhn Prize.

The Princess Grace Foundation-USA, a public charity, was formed after the death

of Princess Grace in 1982. The Foundation awards scholarships, apprenticeships and

fellowships to emerging theater, dance and film artists to assist with career development.

The 2011 winners will receive their awards at the annual black-tie Princess Grace

Awards Gala, in the presence of TSH Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco,

on November 1, 2011 in New York City.

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