Slippers and Tutus Galore at the YAGP’s 2017 Gala

  Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen Last night, ballet enthusiasts gathered at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater for the Youth America Grand Prix’s Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow Gala. Guided by master of ceremonies Keltie Knight, the evening began with a brilliant showcase by the finalists...

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YAGP Is Turning 20. But First It Had to Change the Ballet World’s Opinion of Dance Competitions.

  It’s hard to imagine the ballet landscape today without Youth America Grand Prix. The annual competition attracts thousands of young dancers from all over the world, many hoping to win a scholarship to a major ballet school. This year, which marks the organization’s 20th anniversary, roughly 12,000 students participated...

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Interview with Larissa Saveliev

“I am confident we can get back to the theater, we are just not sure when.” Larissa Saveliev discusses the future of #YAGP and her plan to come back stronger after #COVID-19 #2020 and more         To continue reading please click on the button below…    

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Youth America Grand Prix in Edmonds

Hundreds of regional dancers, between age 9 to 19, will take workshops, classes and audition at the Youth America Grand Prix in Edmonds, hoping to make the Finals Week in New York City in April where they can compete for scholarships to schools and companies. Alexei Moskalenko, YAGP assistant artistic...

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FOX13’s Good Day, Tampa Bay

Students with highest scores continue to the finals at lincoln center at we have barry with a look at the competition at the straz center. great.a ballet lover, you can have a feast for days if you don’t know a lot about ballet, think olympics. it’s like the olympics of...

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A Note From The Artistic Director

Dear friends, As we near the Youth America Grand Prix 20th Anniversary Season Finals, we look back on the past twenty years with a sense of gratitude and awe. When we started YAGP in 1999, it was hard to imagine its future. It is incredible to realize that one day...

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The Youth is On Fire

“Look around this room,” exclaimed Youth America Grand Prix Board Member Terry Zucker, panning around the Promenade of the David H. Koch Theater, at YAGP’s “Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow” Gala. In it mingled New York’s Junior social set, balletomanes, young dancers in tutus and established stars...

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YAGP 2018: Gala Stars Shine

Like The Final Round, this year’s YAGP Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow Gala went off very smoothly, but for one hitch that was not YAGP’s doing. Indeed, at least in terms of organization, this year’s incarnation was superior to those I’ve previously seen. Having the Grand Defile...

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YAGP 2018: The Final Round

I don’t know how the staff of Youth America Grand Prix manages to pull it off every year, but somehow they do. I can’t speak to the preliminary rounds of the 2018 incarnation of YAGP’s NY Finals, which this year were located in Purchase, N.Y. rather than in any of...

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Building Communities

This past Monday, The Boys’ Club of New York held its annual Winter Luncheon with Thomas L. Friedman, the Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times columnist and best-selling author, as the featured speaker. His talk was entitled How to Run a Country, Find a Job, and Build Community in the...

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Young ballet dancers show their skills

Young ballet dancers competed this weekend for scholarships at the Young America Grand Prix regional semi-finals in Worcester. The dancers, age 9 to 19, came from all over Massachusetts and elsewhere in New England. The group awards more than $250,000 in scholarships each year to send dancers to schools and...

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Atlanta Journal Constitution

Don’t be surprised if you see a lot of dancing around downtown Atlanta this weekend. Hundreds of ballet dancers – ages 9 to 19 – from the Atlanta area will be auditioning this weekend for the Youth America Grand Prix regional semi-finals at Georgia Institute of Technology Ferst Center for...

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Denver Post

The 2018 Youth America Grand Prix regional semifinals were held at the University of Denver’s Newman Center for the Performing Arts January, 12-14. Two hundred and forty-six ballet dancers – ages 9 to 19 – from the Denver area auditioned for scholarships to send young dancers to leading schools and...

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YAGP Just Announced the 2018 Winners

Congratulations to the 2018 YAGP winners! After months of semi-finals, 1,800 dancers from around the world were chosen to attend a week of finals in New York, competing for ballet scholarships and contracts. We’ve been following the action all week (you can catch up on our backstage coverage, here). The...

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