UArts Dance Grad and Faculty Member Win Major Arts Award

August 15, 2019

A UArts Dance alum and a faculty member have been recognized as 2019 winners of the prestigious Princess Grace Award. Stanley Glover BFA ’16 (left) and School of Dance assistant professor Tommie-Waheed Evans (right) were honored by the Princess Grace Foundation–USA, Glover in the dance category and Evans for choreography.

The organization works to continue the legacy of Princess Grace of Monaco (formerly the Oscar-winning actress Grace Kelly) by elevating extraordinary artists in theater, dance, and film via awards in the form of grants, scholarships and fellowships.

The Foundation was created in 1982 by Prince Rainier III of Monaco to honor the legacy of his wife, Princess Grace, after her tragic death. Her family wanted to create an organization that reflected the native Philadelphian’s love for the U.S., and her dedication to the arts. During her reign, Princess Grace significantly enhanced arts and culture institutions in Monaco, while quietly supporting a number of American performing and film artists.

In 2016, UArts alum Marc Crousillat BFA ’16 (Dance) was also honored with a Princess Grace Award in the dance category. He currently performs with the Trisha Brown Dance Company and Netta Yerushalmy.

Robert Battle, artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the 2014 recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from UArts, was a Princess Grace Award winner in 1993.