Youth America Grand Prix is proud to present its latest and its most ambitious project to date. “Ballet’s Greatest Hits” is a filmed Gala evening showcasing six of the most beloved classical ballets: Don Quixote, Flames of Paris, Giselle, La Bayadère, The Nutcracker, and Swan Lake.

Hosted by “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance” Executive Producer, Nigel Lythgoe, “Ballet’s Greatest Hits” presents an all-star cast from the world’s leading dance companies. For added insight into the history and meaning of classical ballet, the film offers exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, rare archival materials, and exclusive interviews with choreographers, film producers, critics and luminaries of the dance world, such as Alexei Ratmansky, Benjamin Millepied, Edward Villella, and many others. The live performances were filmed by five-time Emmy Award winner, Clemente D’Alessio at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, Florida.

“Ballet’s Greatest Hits” arrives to a movie theater near you on March 31 and April 2, 2013 for a limited-run engagement. Don’t miss your chance to see classical ballet like you’ve never seen it before!



Stella Abrera (American Ballet Theatre)
Ashley Bouder (New York City Ballet)
Isabella Boylston (American Ballet Theatre)
Skylar Brandt (American Ballet Theatre)
Taras Domitro (San Francisco Ballet)
Matthew Golding (Dutch National Ballet)
Marcelo Gomes (American Ballet Theatre)
Greta Hodgkinson (National Ballet of Canada)
Maria Kochetkova (San Francisco Ballet)
Veronika Part (American Ballet Theatre)
Joseph Phillips (American Ballet Theatre)
Hee Seo (American Ballet Theatre)
Daniel Ulbricht (New York City Ballet)
Alejandro Virelles (Boston Ballet)



Lawrence Bender Film Producer
Matthew Bourne Artistic Director, New Adventures
Leslie Browne International Master Teacher and former Oscar nominee
Jose Manuel Carreño Artistic Director, The Carreño Dance Festival
Misty Copeland Soloist, American Ballet Theatre
Angel Corella Artistic Director, Barcelona Ballet
Alessandra Ferri Director of Dance, Spoleto Festival (Italy)
Susan Jaffe Dean, School of Dance at North Carolina School of the Arts
Denys Ganio Former Etoile, Paris Opera Ballet
Mathieu Ganio Etoile, Paris Opera Ballet
Benjamin Millepied Artistic Director, L.A. Dance Project
Wendy Perron Editor-in-Chief, Dance Magazine
Alexei Ratmansky Artist-in-Residence, American Ballet Theatre
Edward Villella Founder and former Artistic Director, Miami City Ballet


The live performance of “Ballet’s Greatest Hits” took place at the David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts on January 5, 2013. The film is distributed by Emerging Pictures – the company that has brought The Royal Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theatre to movie screens across America.