2017 Award Honoree-
Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, President & Artistic Director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux became artistic director of Charlotte Ballet and Charlotte Ballet Academy in 1996. He danced with the Bolshoi, Kirov and Paris Opera Ballets and in 1970 became a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet. From 1977-1984, Jean-Pierre taught at the School of American Ballet, the official school of the New York City Ballet. He has served as choreographer and ballet master for the Pittsburgh Ballet, as chairman and artistic director of the ballet department in the School of Music at Indiana University, and is currently the artistic director, choreographer and teacher for the ballet company and school at the Chautauqua Institution in NY. Jean-Pierre’s choreographic repertoire includes Carmina Burana, Cinderella, Nutcracker, Peter Pan and Romeo & Juliet. In 2008, he and wife Patricia McBride won The Arts & Science Council’s inaugural ASC Honors lifetime achievement award. In the fall of 2015, Jean-Pierre announced that the 2016/2017 Season would be his final as artistic director.
- 2016: Nini Theilade
- 2015: James Clouser
- 2014: Rochelle Zide-Booth
- 2013: Richard Sias
- 2012: Alonzo King
- 2011: Judith Bennehum
- 2010: Gretchen Ward Warren
- 2009: Sandra Noll Hammond
- 2008: Anna Paskevska (Posthumously)
- 2007: Gemze de Lappe
- 2006: Bené Arnold
- 2005: Grant Strate
- 2004: Miguel Terekhov
- 2003: Francoise Martinet
- 2002: George Zoritch
- 2001: Violette Verdy
- 2000: Willam F. Christensen
Criteria & Process
The criteria for the CORPS de Ballet International’s Lifetime Achievement Award candidates is as follows:
Candidates must have furthered the growth of ballet in higher education and/or made valuable contributions to ballet departments, through administration, teaching, choreography, mentoring or research. Candidates must have worked for or with an academic institution for at least five years.
Candidates must have a prior or current relationship (choreographer,teacher, dancer, writer, historian etc.) with the professional world of ballet.
The process for Award recipient selection is as follows:
The body of the CORPS (all members) shall submit nominees to the awards committee, via email, by September30 of the year prior to the year the award will be given. Nominees should be sent to an awards committee member.
With the name of the nominee, included a brief (one to two sentence) reason why you are nominating the particular candidate.
The awards committee will then narrow the field of candidates to five and send the selection to the board of directors.
The board of directors shall vote choosing the top three candidates and then submit the final three to the membership.
The membership, via email, will then vote for the final candidate.
The president of the CORPS will receive the final count and announce to the membership the next CORPS de Ballet International Inc. award recipient.