NY2Dance (New York, NY) Nejla Y. Yatkin was awarded a 2009 Special Project Grant by the Princess Grace Foundation in New York and is a 2008 Princess Grace Choreography fellow. She was named by Dance Magazine as one of "Top 25 to Watch in 2005" and "Outstanding Emerging Artist" by the D.C. Mayor's Arts Award Committee 2006. This award-winning and internationally acclaimed choreographer and dancer graduated with a professional concert dance degree from Die Etage - a Professional Performing Arts Department in Berlin, Germany. Ms. Yatkin is currently commuting between New York, Chicago and Washington, DC pursuing her solo career: dancing; choreographing; and giving workshops at international and national festivals. Ms. Yatkin has performed her solo work in over 21 countries including England, France, Turkey among many others. She has been awarded numerous grants to create and perform from Arts International, the National Performance Network, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the D.C. Commission of the Arts and Humanities, the University of Maryland and the University of Notre Dame. To date, Ms. Yatkin has received five awards from the Metro D.C. Dance Awards, including two "Outstanding Individual Performance." Recently, she choreographed for Dallas Black Dance Theatre, the Washington Ballet, the Darpana Performing Group in India, Baltimore Ballet as well as the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble. For further information please visit www.ny2dance.com.