Through the generosity of Lindy Green and Sam Chaiton, The Winchester Prize is presented for choreographic distinction and perceived potential for creative development.  The prize winner will receive a cash award of $500, support to further develop their work with the guidance of a mentor, as well as the potential development of their work under the aegis of the SummerWorks Performance Festival, this summer or within its future programming.

The School is delighted to announce that Haley Dimeck and María Isabel Salgado have been chosen as this year’s winners of the Winchester Prize.

The adjudication panel said this about Haley’s application:

Haley is a serious artist/choreographer. She explored many interesting ideas in the creation of her piece and that made her work truly stand out. She wrote an excellent and sophisticated application in which she offered a very honest self-assessment of her work.  Haley has a strong point of view and approach to her creative process; she is genuinely interested in investigating new ideas. She reflects on, and analyzes, what she has created to inform how she would move forward in her choreographic path. 

About María the panel said this:

María created a work with very evocative imagery and contrasting textures.  The narrative and concept were extremely compelling.  She submitted a good application in which she spoke passionately about her creative interests. She’s thoughtful and thorough, with an artistic point of view and powerful interest in exploring it. María has articulate, clear aims and is realistic about the strengths and weaknesses of her work. She is willing and eager to move forward in her creative process, and wants to be challenged to question her ideas and choreographic methods.    

Summing up, the panel noted, “The future of contemporary dance is very bright with these two women!”

Congratulations to Haley and María from all of us at the School!