Chicago Dancers Receive Princess Grace Awards

Hubbard Street Dancer and Choreographer Penny Saunders, left, in rehearsal with Hubbard Street 2 Dancers Elliot Hammans and Adrienne Lipson. Hubbard Street Dancer Jeffery Duffy, right, in N.N.N.N. by William Forsythe. Photos by Todd Rosenberg.
Hubbard Street Dancer and Choreographer Penny Saunders, left, and Hubbard Street Dancer Jeffery Duffy, right. Photos by Todd Rosenberg.

The Princess Grace Foundation-USA recognized two Hubbard Street Dance Chicago artists this year as recipients of the 2016 Princess Grace Awards. Dancer Jeffery Duffy received a Dance Fellowship and choreographer Penny Saunders received a Choreography Fellowship for her work with Whim W’Him, a contemporary dance company based in Seattle.

Other 2016 award winners also have strong ties to Hubbard Street Dance. Camille A. Brown was recognized with a Choreography Mentorship Co-Commission and Statue Awardee. In 2002, Hubbard Street selected Brown for its International Commissioning Project.

Kyle Abraham received a Special Project Award and Victor Quijada earned a Works in Progress Residency Award. Both recently choreographed for Hubbard Street’s main company.

Two dancers from Visceral Dance Chicago earned Princess Grace Awards, as well. Danielle Agami received a Choreography Fellowship, and Paige Fraser received a Dance Fellowship.

“We are thrilled to welcome this year’s incredibly talented award-winners into the Princess Grace Foundation-USA family,” said Toby Boshak, Executive Director of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA. “Each year we enthusiastically support a passionate new group of emerging talents who will one day be at the forefront of the arts.”

The Prince Grace Awards recognize artist in dance, theater, and film, awarding more than $1 million to support their growth. The foundation works to help emerging artists in continuation of the legacy of Princess Grace of Monaco.

Miriam Finder Annenberg
Miriam Finder Annenberg