Honoring the 2023 Mae L. Wien Award Recipients
Over thirty years ago Lawrence A. Wien with his daughters and their families established the Mae L. Wien Awards at SAB. They honor Mrs. Wien, a great devotee of ballet who was also deeply interested in young people. SAB and Mrs. Wien’s family are pleased to announce the 2023 Award recipients:
Mae L. Wien Awards for Outstanding Promise
Mae L. Wien Faculty Award for Distinguished Service
Oscar Estep was born in San Diego and fell in love with dance after a viewing of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker during a visit to New York. The following year his family moved to NYC and Oscar took classes at Ballet Hispanico before successfully auditioning for SAB at age 6. Childhood performances with NYCB included roles in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and La Sylphide; but he also pursued his interest in baseball and soccer, participating first in NYC’s Westside Little League and then in Westside Soccer League concurrently with his ballet training until the age of 13. Performing experiences as an advanced student include SAB’s Student Choreography Workshop and the New York Choreographic Institute (2022 and 2023) and this year’s SAB Beauty of Ballet community performances and NYCB lecture demonstration program. Now 18, Oscar graduates from Professional Performing Arts School in June. He will attend the Royal Danish Ballet Summer School this July before beginning an apprenticeship with New York City Ballet in August. At this year’s Workshop, he performed featured parts in Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet and Napoli.
Natalie Glassie, 19, was born in Brooklyn and started neighborhood dance classes when she was 4 before enrolling at SAB at age 6. While training in the Children’s Division she performed in almost every New York City Ballet production that features parts for children, highlighted by two years as “Marie” in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker at ages 10 and 11, Mozartiana, La Sylphide and Union Jack. Natalie danced in SAB’s 2019 and 2021 Student Choreography Workshops and both danced and choreographed (to music by Debussy) in 2022. Other performing experiences include the 2022 and 2023 spring sessions of the New York Choreographic Institute, NYCB’s lecture demonstration program (2020), SAB’s Beauty of Ballet community performances (2023), and SAB’s Workshop Performances in 2011, 2014, 2021 and 2022. She graduated from Professional Children’s School in 2022 with the senior awards for Excellence in Science and Excellence in Political Theory. At this year’s Workshop, Natalie performed principal parts in Coppélia, Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet and Napoli.
Mia Williams started early dance training in a wide array of genres at age 3 in her hometown of Yuma, Arizona, after finding early inspiration in her mother’s pursuit of recreational tap dancing. By the age of 11, Mia had narrowed her dance focus to ballet. When she was 16, she attended SAB’s 2021 Summer Course and was invited to enroll that fall as an advanced student in the C2 class. For the past two years, Mia has lived in SAB’s on-site Residence Hall while training full time and attending Professional Performing Arts School, from which she will graduate this month. Performing experiences include SAB’s Beauty of Ballet community performances (Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux) and the 2022 Student Choreography Workshop. At the June 2022 Workshop Performances, Mia originated a role in the world premiere of Gianna Reisen’s Signs and performed in Symphony in C. Currently recovering from an injury, Mia did not appear in this year’s Workshop. Now 18, she has been invited to begin an apprenticeship with New York City Ballet in August.
Sheryl Ware began training in her hometown of San Mateo, California, with Robert and Carolyn Hanlin when she was 7. She attended the School of American Ballet’s Summer Course when she was 15 and subsequently enrolled in the School’s Winter Term. At the age of 17, George Balanchine invited her to join the New York City Ballet. During her ten years with NYCB, Ms. Ware performed principal and soloist roles in numerous works by the Company’s founding choreographers, George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. Ms Ware retired from dancing in 1980. She was invited to join SAB’s permanent faculty in 1996 and has been a mainstay teacher of Children’s and Intermediate Division classes ever since. Ms. Ware was first awarded the Mae L. Wien Award for Distinguished Service in 2003. In 2014, she participated in the Workshop as a stager, teaching Coppélia’s “Waltz of the Golden Hours” solo that Mr. Balanchine made for her in 1974. She contributed her knowledge of that ballet once again for this year’s performances.