As part of our mission to ensure the future of dance by educating the next generations of dance artists and audiences, YAGP presents a new series of live Q&A sessions online. Moderated by TV journalist Sergey Gordeev, ASK THE EXPERT gives you an opportunity to interact with the top professionals in the field and ask questions that interest you the most – about education and performance opportunities, professional growth as an artist, nutrition, health, and physical and emotional well-being.

If you have follow-up questions after watching a particular session, please email us at with the name of the episode in the subject line; we’ll do our best to reach out to our esteemed expert for an in-depth response.

We hope this will be a helpful resource to you in your dance education – and look forward to seeing you online!


GETTING IN: Mariinsky Ballet with Eldar Aliev
Artistic Director, Mariinsky Ballet – Far East Stage

Thursday, April 09, 2020

Hair and Makeup Supervisor, American Ballet Theatre

Originally Aired On: Monday, April 08, 2019.

Principal Dancer, Mariinsky Ballet, YAGP Alum (Grand Prix 2012)

Originally Aired On: Monday, March 25, 2019.

First Soloist, The Royal Ballet, YAGP Alum (Gold Medal, 2009)

Originally Aired On: Monday, March 11, 2019.

Success Coach & Wellness Mentor for Pre-Professional Dancers

Originally Aired On: Monday, February 25, 2019.

Bené Barrera, LAT, ATC Athletic Training Coordinator Leanne Wonesh, LAT, ATC Assistant Athletic Trainer of Houston Ballet

Originally Aired On: Saturday, February 16, 2019.

Acting Director, Mariinsky Ballet, St. Petersburgh, Russia

Originally Aired On: Monday, February 11, 2019.

Director of the Juilliard Dance Division

Originally Aired On: Monday, January 28, 2019.

Former Principal Dancer, Bolshoi Ballet and Cirque du Soleil

Originally Aired On: Monday, January 14, 2019.

Dean of Dance, University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Originally Aired On: Monday, December 10, 2018.

Cynthia Harvey is the Artistic Director, American Ballet Theatre JKO School. Peter Stark is the Associate Director, Boston Ballet II.

Originally Aired On: Monday, November 26, 2018.

Orthopaedic Surgeon, Consultant for ABT and NYCB

Originally Aired On: Monday, November 12, 2018.

Success Coach & Wellness Mentor for Pre-Professional Dancers

Originally Aired On: Monday, October 29, 2018.

Artistic Director, ABT Studio Company

Originally Aired On: Monday, October 15, 2018.

Fame Game, a dancer’s guide to publicity.

Originally Aired On: Sunday, September 30, 2018.

This special edition of ASK THE EXPERT will answer any questions you may have about the main purpose of YAGP: scholarship opportunities. The Founder and Artistic Director of YAGP, Larissa Saveliev, and YAGP’s Director of Scholarships, Haruko Kawanishi, will explain how the scholarship offer process works at YAGP and will talk about the the many different scholarships to be presented at the YAGP 2018 NYC Finals.

Originally Aired On: Monday, April 9, 2018.

Nutrition is one of the most important aspects of maintaining a healthy body – in dance, and in life. Annie Hauck-Lawson, Associate Professor of Foods and Nutrition at Brooklyn College and the President of the Association for the Study of Food and Society, will answer all your questions about Nutrition Wellness for dancers of all ages.

Originally Aired On: Sunday, February 18, 2018.

FRANCO DE VITA has served for many years as the Principal of the American Ballet Theatre JKO School. CHARLES ASKEGARD danced with New York City Ballet for 14 years and currently serves as a Ballet Master at Pennsylvania Ballet. NATALYA LUSHINA is a former ballerina of the world-famous Bolshoi Ballet and has taught extensively in the United States. As longtime members of the YAGP jury panel, they know exactly what the judges are looking for – and what catches the scholarship presenters’ eye as they decide to whom to offer their scholarship. In this information-packed session, they answer questions from participants and share their advice on how to best prepare for your performance at YAGP.

Originally Aired On: Sunday, January 21, 2018.

John Meehan has served as the Artistic Director of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, American Ballet Theatre Studio Company, and Hong Kong Ballet; he has served on the jury of YAGP, Prix de Lausanne and USA IBC in Jackson, MS. He currently serves as the Chair of Dance at Vassar College. Thousands of dancers auditioned for him by video and in person. In this session, John shares pro tips on how to master your audition – and the do’s and don’ts of successful auditioning.

Originally Aired On: Sunday, December 17, 2017.

Should I continue dancing or get a college degree? As it turns out, you can do both at the same time. As the Chair of the Ballet Department of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Michael Vernon has devoted many years of his life helping dancers discover dance education opportunities at a college or university. In this session, Michael shares how college and university dance programs work and gives great advice for dancers considering dance-in-higher-education options.

Originally Aired On: Sunday, November 12, 2017.

Founder and Artistic Director of YAGP, Larissa Saveliev has helped thousands of young artists build a professional career in dance. In this session, she shares tips and professional advice for dancers at all stages of their professional development.

Originally Aired On: Sunday, October 1, 2017.