is a Pulitzer Prize-winning critic, author, journalist and educator. For more than 30 years, she has focused on the union of art and everyday living. As the chief dance critic and senior arts writer of The Washington Post, she writes about the performing arts, pop culture, sports, science and personal expression. She is also a 2018 Princeton University McGraw Professor of Writing and a visiting lecturer in the Humanities Council. Sarah is a faculty member of the National Critics Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, and a co-founder and director of the Institute for Dance Advocacy and Journalism at the Kennedy Center, which trains college students in critical writing. A former French-American Foundation Journalism Fellow and U.S. Senate Page, Sarah attended the University of Maryland and earned her MSJ from Northwestern University. Her first book, THE ART OF GRACE, was a Washington Post Notable Book of 2015 and a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award WinneSarah’s work has been featured on national radio and television, including NBC News, CNBC, The PBS NewsHour and On Point with Tom Ashbrook. She has spoken at South by Southwest on a panel inspired by her book and has given talks and led onstage interviews with celebrities and newsmakers for the Smithsonian, the Goethe Institut, Words on Dance, City Arts & Lectures and more. In exploring grace and movement onstage and off, she has written about the Tour de France as art, analyzed politicians’ body language and examined Lady Gaga, Beyonce and other pop stars as cultural phenomena. In 2010 Sarah became the first dance critic in 35 years to win the Pulitzer Prize.

Prominent dance critics who have been honored with the




Dance Magazine


Dance Magazine was first published in June 1927 under the name The American Dancer. Produced by a Hollywood-based team of editors under the leadership of Ruth Eleanor Howard, it cost a quarter and was dedicated to readers who “love the dance.” In the 1920s and 30s, the magazine offered monthly news of the changing dance world in Europe and America. In 1942 New York publisher Rudolf Orthwine purchased both The American Dancer and another publication, Dance, which had begun in 1936, and combined the two into what would become Dance Magazine. The magazine expanded internationally under Lydia Joel, editor from 1952 to 1970, and enjoyed continued success under long-time editors William Como, Richard Philp and Wendy Perron.  

Jennifer Stahl

Editor In Chief

Jennifer has worked on Dance Magazine since graduating from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in dance and journalism. A former senior editor of Pointe, she has also written for The Atlantic, Runner's World and other publications. As a dancer, she performed with California's Peninsula Ballet Theatre, Israeli choreographer Gali Hod and for Cirque du Soleil's 25th-anniversary celebration.

2016 AWARD, Patricia Aulestia


Ms. Aulestia is honorary president of the Mexican Society of Choreographers (Somec) and the Mexican Federation of Professional Dance. She is also vice president in Mexico of the Interamerican Confederation and the World Council of Professional Dance. She was curator of the International Festival of Contemporary Dance Avant Garde of Mérida and member of the Arts Council 2010-2011 International Contemporary Dance Festival Lila Lopez of San Luis Potosi (2010-2011), and since 2009 is advisor to the International Ballet Festival of Miami. 

2015 AWARD, Jean Pierre Pastori


Born in Lausanne in 1949, is a journalist , writer and historian of dance Swiss .

Degree in Political Science University of Lausanne (1972) Certificate Romand Training Centre of Journalists (1974) Certificate in Entrepreneurship University of Geneva (2005)

Knight of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, French Republic (1999) Prize Foundation Pierre and Louisa Meylan (2011)

Journalist Radio Suisse Romande and Télévision Suisse Romande (1972-1995) Head of Cultural Section Tribune - The Morning (1981-1983) Project Manager 700 Years of the Confederation: Day 4 crops (Avenches, 1991) Director of the Sinfonietta Orchestra of Lausanne (1995-1999) Director - Chief Editor Tvrl (Television in the Lausanne region, 1999-2007) Director of the Chillon Castle Foundation since January 1, 2008

President of the Foundation Béjart Ballet Lausanne since 2012

President of the Association of Vaud castles since 2008 President of the French-speaking Community téléviselle (2005-2007) President of the Circle of the press Lausanne (2005-2008) Founding President of the Swiss Archives of Dance (1993-2010)


2014 AWARD, Orlando Taquechel

Born in Havana, Cuba, Mr. Taquechel graduated with a degree in Architecture from the Universidad de La Habana, in 1975, and with a Bachelor of Arts in Theater and Drama from the Instituto Superior de Arte, in 1981.

With a long trajectory as college professor in Cuba and Mexico, artistic director, choreographer and dance researcher, he is also the author of the book Methodology for the Ballet Critique (Essay Award, University of Panama, 1980), the research thesis Definition of the Cuban School of Ballet (Cuba, 1981) and co-author of Who’s Who in the Mexican Dance Volume I (Mexico, 1992).

As a dance specialist, Mr. Taquechel has participated, among others, in the International Ballet Competition of Moscow (1981), the Festival Inter-Ballet of Budapest (1982), the Festival XXI International of Television Prague of Gold (1984), the Meeting of the Americas (Mexico, 1985), and the International Ballet Festival of Miami since 1998.

Mr. Taquechel resided in Mexico from 1987 to 1994. At the University of Veracruz, he was the Director of the Faculty of Theater and co-director of the Group of Scenic Practices of the Faculty of Dance. His choreography De Riguroso Estreno (1991) was awarded with the Gold Laurel in the First International Encounter of Ballroom Dances of Mexico City, and represented Mexico in the International Ballet Competition of Paris, France (1992).



2013 AWARD, Clement Crisp

Clement Crisp was born in the East London suburb of Romford in 1931, he saw his first ballet at age 11 or 12. Crisp has been the dance critic for the Financial Times since 1957, ballet critic for The Spectatormagazine, and has written or co-written nearly 20 books. As one of Britain's pre-eminent critics he has additionally published numerous books including Ballet for All (with P. Brinson, London, 1970, revised edition, 1980); Ballet: An Illustrated History (with M. Clarke, London, 1973, revised edition, 1992); Making a Ballet (with Clarke, London, 1974); Ballet in Art (with Clarke, 1976); Design for Ballet (with Clarke, London, 1978); Introducing Ballet (with Clarke, 1978); History of Dance (with Clarke, London, 1981); The Balletgoer's Guide (with Clarke, 1981); Dancer (with Clarke, 1984); and Ballerina (with Clarke, 1987). He was also librarian and archivist of the Royal Academy of Dancing (1963–85) and archivist from 1985. His honours include Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Award, Royal Academy of Dancing, 1992. Knight of the Order of Dannebrog, Denmark, 1992.

2012 AWARD, Rene Sirvin:
René Sirvin has been the dance critic for French newspaperL’Aurore since 1959 and for daily Le Figaro since 1979 and also writes about dance on the Internet ( He has contributed to many periodicals and books on dance, appeared on TV programmes and held conferences, etc. He also writes about opera and edits theatre scripts, while continuing his various dance critic activities. He lives between Paris and his home in Britanny (France).
2011 AWARD, Alfio Agostini:
Entered the world of dance and ballet thanks to personnalities such as Georges Chapowalenco, Serge Lifar, Aurelio Milloss and, above all, Irène Lidova, who remained his friend and collaborator for 30 years. The founder and editor-in-chief ofBALLET2000 and BallettoOggi since 1980, he has also contributed to daily newspaper Il Corriere d’Informazione, weekly Il Mondo and various international dancemagazines (Danse, Avant-Scène, Taniec, Danser, etc.). He was the co-author, with Mario Pasi, of an encyclopaedic volume (Il Balletto, repertorio del teatro di danza, Mondadori, 1979), translated and published in France, Spain, Germany and in the USA (as The Simon&Schuster Book of the Ballet, 1980), and penned contributions to the European Encyclopaedia and both the Garzanti and Rizzoli-Larousse encyclopaedias of music. He has had his own TV programmes – including a series on "Dance and Education" for Channel 3 of Italy’s national broadcaster RAI (1984), a long series on opera and ballet on Swiss cultural TV channel "Musimag" and various programmes and reportages on TelePiù Classica (1997-98). He has received several awards, including the "Positano Prize for the Art of Dance" and the "Criticism & Culture of Ballet Award" at the International Ballet Festival of Miami (USA), and has been a jury 
2010 AWARD, Erik Aschengreen:
Danish author, lecturer, ballet critic and theorist. Erik Asche Green wrote in Berlingske Tidende about ballet and dance from 1964 to 2005 and has been establishing education in dance science at the University of Copenhagen .  Asche Green participated in the committee that drafted the Danish cultural canon , published in 2006.
2009 AWARD, Anna Kisselgoff:
She was born on born 12 January 1938 in Paris. Kisselgoff began studying ballet at the age of four in New York City with Valentina Belova, and later for nine years with Jean Yazvinsky. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College, and then studied French History at the Sorbonne and Russian at the School of Oriental Languages in Paris. Later, she received an M.A. in European History and an M.A. in journalism at Columbia University.[2]Before joining the New York Times, she wrote features and dance reviews as a freelancer for the New York Times International Edition and worked at the English desk of Agence France-Presse in Paris.[3]
2008 AWARD, Roger Salas:
Crítico de danza y ballet del periódico EL PAÍS desde hace 28 años, con una breve pausa cuando participó en la aventura de la revista "EL GLOBO"; nació en Holguín (Cuba) en 1950, estudió piano y presume de autodidacta. Emigró a Europa en 1982 y ha publicado dos libros de cuentos, una novela y varios ensayos sobre ballet, ciencia coréutica y danza española. Roger cree, como dijera Maya Plisetskaia un día, que "la danza salvará al mundo".

2007 AWARD, Clive Barnes:

Born in Lambeth, London,[1] Barnes was educated at Emanuel School, and St Catherine's College, Oxford. He was the dance and drama critic at the New York Post since 1978, and senior consulting editor at Dance Magazine, where he wrote a monthly column, "Attitudes". Late in life, he also contributed regularly to the British journal "Dance Now". He also continued to edit and write for British newspapers such as The Times and the Daily Express, and the weekly Spectator magazine.Barnes authored numerous books related to theater and the performing arts, particularly dance. These include four volumes of 50 Best Plays of the American Theatre, nine series of Best American Plays (with John Gassner), American Ballet Theatre: A 25 Year Retrospective (with Elizabeth Kaye), Masters of Movement: Portraits of America's Great Choreographers (with Rose Eichenbaum), Ballet in Britain Since the War, New York Times Directory of the Theater, Ballet Here and Now, Dance Scene USA, Inside American Ballet Theatre, as well as biographies of Tennessee Williams and Rudolf Nureyev.Regarding television, Barnes said, "It is the first truly democratic culture, the first culture available to everyone and entirely governed by what the people want. The most terrifying thing is what people do want" (New York Times, December 30, 1969).He is also widely believed to have said this about his profession: "A critic is someone who rides in after the battle and shoots the wounded."[citation needed]

member for various choreography competitions. As well as delivering lectures and holding conferences and seminars in Italy and around the world; he has, as an artistic advisor, collaborated with major theatres and international festivals and presented various companies and artists.