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Patricia McBride, associate artistic director, Charlotte Ballet

Category: Personalities
Award: Gracefulness
Year Won: 2015
Pick: Editor's Pick

If George Balanchine had not created dances for her, if Mikhail Baryshnikov had not danced beside her, and if the Kennedy Center had not chosen to honor her last year, Patricia McBride would still win this contest. She’s a renowned ballerina who grew into the role of master teacher and mentor for countless young dancers; standing between Sting and Al Green at the Kennedy Center, she looked completely at ease. That’s grace.