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Two Dance Alumni Earn Princess Grace Awards

Marcella Lewis ’16 for dance and Kyle Abraham ’00 won the prestigious Statue Award.

The Princess Grace Foundation yesterday announced their 2018 Princess Grace Award winners and two alumni from the Conservatory of Dance were among the recipients.

The Foundation’s mission is to identify and assist emerging talent in theater, dance, and film by awarding grants in the form of scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships.

Marcella Lewis ’16

Marcella Lewis ’16 (dance performance) won in category of Dance Performance and Choreography. The Los Angeles, CA, native was awarded an Adopt-A-Dancer Scholarship while a student here. She joined Abraham.In.Motion (A.I.M) in Fall 2016 and was featured with A.I.M on the cover of Dance Magazine in August 2017. In a recent review of A.I.M’s 2018 Joyce season by the New York Times, she was described as “regally unadorned.”  

Marcella Lewis '16 Credit: Copyright Tim Barden. All rights reserved.Kyle Abraham ’00

Kyle Abraham ’00 (dance performance) earned the Foundation’s 2018 Statue Award.  The Princess Grace Statue Award, established in 1985, recognizes award winners who have made significant contributions to their chosen artistic field of theater, dance, or film since receiving their initial scholarships, apprenticeships, or fellowships. To date, sixty-four artists have received this honor.

Abraham won a Princess Grace Dance-Choreography Fellowship in 2010, and Special Project Awards in both 2015 and 2016.

Abraham founded and remains artistic director of Abraham.In.Motion (AIM).

He’s also received the following honors:

  • 2016 Doris Duke Recipient
  • 2015 City Center Choreographer in Residence
  • 2013 MacArthur Fellow
  • 2013 Choreographic contributor for British Vogue cover shoot of Beyoncé 
  • 2012 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award recipient
  • 2012 USA Ford Fellow
  • 2010 Bessie Award for Outstanding Performance in Dance for The Radio Show
  • 2009 Dance Magazine’s 25 To Watch

Kyle Abraham '00 Credit: Tatiana Willis