November 16, 2017 Oscar became the first black dancer to perform and close the highly coveted televised Grand Concert Hall Oktober’s Russian All Stars Gala honoring Oleg Vinogradov. In a Russian news interview, Mr. Vinogradov (considered and named a Russian Treasure) named Oscar as “one of my best students” and “my great dance super star”. It was historic 5 hour event and Oscar Hawkins was embraced by the audience of ballet legends to the tune of 2 curtain call backs for bows.  Mr. Oleg Vinogradov ended Mr. Hawkins performance with an onstage embrace thanking him for dancing the extended solo choreography that lasted 5 minutes and 38 seconds.  A long piece onstage for a solo in the world of dance.

This was truly a wonderful and historic moment in dance.