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May 9, 2012

Eric Tamm to Receive 2012 Leonore Annenberg Arts Fellowship

Eric Tamm in Ballo della Regina.

American Ballet Theatre corps de ballet member Eric Tamm has been awarded a 2012 Leonore Annenberg Arts Fellowship. The fellowship recognizes young artists of extraordinary talent with the goal of providing them with additional resources in order to realize their full potential.

To encourage the personal and artistic development of young artists, the one-year Leonore Annenberg Arts Fellowship will provide funds to cover training and expenses outside of ABT’s regular season including guest coaches/teachers, master teachers, a physical therapist/trainer, specialty teachers to explore artistic areas outside of dance, pianists and studio space. Tamm is also interested in studying dance on film and continuing his academic studies in arts administration.

A native of San Francisco, Eric Tamm began his ballet training began at 14 at the Irine Fokine School of Ballet in Ridgewood, New Jersey. He attended summer programs at Kaatsbaan’s Extreme Ballet and on full scholarship at American Ballet Theatre. In January 2004, Tamm was selected for the ABT Studio Company Associate Program (now the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at ABT) and was named a Chisholm Foundation Scholar. He joined ABT’s Studio Company in April 2005, the main Company, as an apprentice, in January 2007 and the corps de ballet in December 2007.

His repertory with the Company includes the principal role in Ballo della Regina, Lead Highlander in The Bright Stream, the Nocturne in Fall River Legend, Des Grieux in Lady of the Camellias, the Nutcracker Prince and the Spanish Dance in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, Olga’s Fiancé in On the Dnieper and roles in Airs, Baker’s Dozen, Birthday Offering, Duets, Everything Doesn’t Happen at Once, From Here On Out, In the Upper Room, Overgrown Path and Thirteen Diversions. He created roles in Dumbarton, One of Three and Private Light.

The Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Lenore Annenberg (1918-2009) served as U.S. Chief of Protocol during the first term of the administration of Ronald Reagan. Her philanthropic work focused on education, the arts and civic affairs.

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