Dance Career Moves: Alejandro Cerrudo x PNB, Amy Fitterer x Dance/USA, New Paul Taylor Dancers

Pacific Northwest Ballet: Alejandro Cerrudo’s One Thousand Pieces Trailer

Alejandro Cerrudo Appointed PNB’s First Resident Choreographer

(Seattle, WA) – Artistic Director Peter Boal announced that Mr. Cerrudo has been appointed as PNB’s first Resident Choreographer.

“Alejandro’s work is more than innovative; it captures the humor and pathos of humanity in unexpected and illuminating ways,” said Mr. Boal in his announcement. “Each time Alejandro has come to PNB, the connection between choreographer and dancers deepens. Inspiration fills the room. With this appointment, we can channel this inspiration into new creations, repertory additions, and multiple opportunities to collaborate with and get to know one of the great creative forces working in dance today. We thank Susan Brotman for supporting Alejandro’s residency and we look forward to a great new creative chapter for PNB.”

As part of his three-year residency, Mr. Cerrudo will create two world premieres and restage two repertory works for the Company, plus one for the PNB School. In addition, he will provide mentoring to student and Company choreographers while offering opportunities for dialogue with PNB audience members about his creative process.

One Thousand Pieces is the fourth Cerrudo work to enter PNB’s repertory. It runs for seven performances only, March 13 through 22 at Seattle Center’s Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. Tickets start at $30. For more information, contact the PNB Box Office at 206.441.2424, in person at 301 Mercer Street, or online at PNB.org.

Dance/USA Announces Executive Director Amy Fitterer To Leave Role At End Of Year

Amy Fitterer Dance/USA(Washington, DC) – Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance, announced that Executive Director Amy Fitterer will transition out of her role in December 2020.

Fitterer has led Dance/USA since January 2011, having joined the organization as Director of Government Affairs in 2008. Under her leadership, Dance/USA launched the Institute for Leadership Training, a national mentorship program; Dance Business Bootcamp, an annual workshop for dance artists and administrators working within budgets below $200,000; Dance/USA Fellowships to Artists, a national program funding individual artists addressing social change; and the new core service of archiving and preservation, following the integration of Dance Heritage Coalition into Dance/USA.

During Fitterer’s tenure, Dance/USA has enjoyed strong member retention and has seen a growth of in-person member meetings and the doubling of member networking groups. Dance/USA also expanded the annual Dance Forum at APAP to include additional regional Dance Forum events around the country. Fitterer oversaw the revision of Dance/USA’s mission, vision, and core values, and the organization released a new strategic plan in 2018 that reflects Dance/USA’s ongoing commitment to equity and justice. Fitterer leaves the organization in good financial health.

New Dancers Join Paul Taylor Dance Company and Taylor 2

(New York) – At an audition held on October 17, Adam Robert Dickerson and Shawn Lesniak were selected by Artistic Director Michael Novak to join the world-renowned Paul Taylor Dance Company. Quinton Guthier was chosen to join the acclaimed Taylor 2.

Mr. Dickerson and Mr. Lesniak made their debut performances at the Annenberg Center for the Arts in Philadelphia, PA on January 24, 2020. Mr. Guthier made his debut performance at the Pace Theatre in Mamaroneck, NY on December 13, 2019.

From Press Releases Via: Pacific Northwest Ballet, Dance/USA, Paul Taylor Dance Company

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