Academy Student wins multiple honors at American Ballet Competition

Johnny McMillan, a senior dance major from Sault Sainte Marie, Canada won first place in two categories at the American Ballet Competition (ABC). 

McMillan placed first in the Division III Ballet Solo — and the Division III Contemporary Solo, with a piece choreographed by Alexandre Proia. He was awarded a traineeship to the Jeune Ballet du Quebec, received a $1500 XV Mona Rose certificate, and $500 cash award. In addition, Johnny was invited by Stephen Mills, artistic director of Ballet Austin, to dance with Ballet Austin’s apprentice program and second company during the Director’s Choice Awards Performance, which closed the competition.

The competition was hosted by Ballet Austin this spring. Katherine Kersten, former director of the Vail International Dance Festival, and Kee-Juan Han, director of the Washington Ballet School, co-founded ABC in 2004. The competition includes strong educational and career development components with master classes featuring international guest teachers, coaching sessions, and the opportunity for performers to be viewed by professional dance directors. Wendy Masterson, a member of the Academy dance faculty, has served as an advisor, juror, and master teacher at ABC since its inception. The adjudicating panel for Division III included Rolando Yanes, director of Milwaukee Ballet School; Michelle Martin, associate artistic director of Ballet Austin; and Didier Chirpaz former artistic director of Jeunes Ballet du Quebec.