PGF-USA announces 2015 Awards

2015 Princess Grace Scholarship RecipientThe Princess Grace Foundation-USA (PGF-USA) has announced the winners of the 2015 Princess Grace Awards. In total, the Foundation is awarding over $1 million to artists in theater, dance performance, choreography and film. The 33rd Annual Awards will continue the legacy of Princess Grace (Kelly) of Monaco, who helped emerging artists pursue their artistic goals during her lifetime.


The 2015 Dance Awards winners include: Lani Dickinson (Dominican University of California), receiving a dance scholarship; Ailey II’s Courtney Spears (a senior in the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program), receiving a dance scholarship; Babatunji Johnson (Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet), receiving a dance fellowship/the Chris Hellman Dance Award; Emilie Leriche (Hubbard Street Dance Chicago), receiving a dance fellowship; Harper Watters (Houston Ballet), receiving a dance fellowship; and Ching Ching Wong (Northwest Dance Project), receiving a dance fellowship.


Houston Ballet’s Harper Watters The 2015 Choreography Awards winners include Montreal-based artist James Gregg and Point Park University graduate Joshua Manculich. James Gregg recently won Ballet Austin’s 2014 New American Talent/Dance choreographic competition. He was also a finalist in Milwaukee Ballet’s 2013 Genesis choreographic competition and in 2011 was the winner of the International Choreographic Competition at Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur. Joshua Manculich, who is currently pursuing his Masters of Fine Arts in Dance at Ohio State, previously danced with Thodos Dance Chicago for five seasons. His works Josh’s RideThe Rate In Which I Am and Monologue have been toured internationally with DanceWorks Chicago.


The Choreography Mentorship Co-Commission (CMCC) Award went to Chicago-based dancer and choreographer Robyn Mineko Williams, who previously received the 2013 Choreography Fellowship from PGF-USA and was a 2015 Princess Grace Works in Progress resident at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York City. She is known for her careers with River North Dance Chicago and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, where she is still frequently seen collaborating.


2015 Princess Grace Dance Award RecipientIn addition to these awards, PGF-USA is continuing to nurture the talent of previous Princess Grace Awards winners. This year’s recipients of the Special Projects Awards include previous winners like choreographers Kyle Abraham and Andrea Miller.


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Over the past 33 years, PGF-USA has fulfilled the legacy of Princess Grace by supporting artists with over 750 awards in theater, dance and film. This year’s awards recipients will be honored in the annual awards ceremony to be held September 25 in NYC.


Toby Boshak, executive director of PGF-USA, shares, “It is with great pride that we welcome the 2015 awards winners into our Princess Grace Foundation-USA family. Yet again, we are amazed and inspired by the extraordinary talent from all across the country. We look forward to working with these deserving artists throughout their careers and supporting their unique artistic endeavors.”


Dance Informa congratulates all winners of the 2015 Princess Grace Awards!


Photo (top): Ailey II’s Courtney Celeste Spears. Photo by Eduardo Patino. Photo (left): Houston Ballet’s Harper Watters performs Stanton Welch’s Blue. Photo by Amitava Sarka. Photo (bottom right): Hubbard Street’s Emilie Leriche performs Alejandro Cerrudo’s Never Was with Johnny McMillan. Photo by Jim Braverman, courtesy of the Rialto Center.