May 3, 2014
The Erik Bruhn Prize: Legacy of a Closeted Ballet Great
He retired from the dance in 1968 and became artistic director at the National Ballet of Canada.
He and fellow ballet artist Rudolph Nureyev became lovers in 1961, and stayed together for 25 years. When he died, the world of ballet was still closeted, so instead of AIDS, his New York Times obituary says "lung cancer," and no relatives are mentioned.
The competition is open to dancers aged 18-25 who are associated with one of the companies that Bruhn worked with.
Next year's competition will be held March 24, 2015, at the Four Seasons Centre in Toronto.