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  • Friday | October 26, 2018 to Saturday | October 27, 2018
  Dear Participants,   This venue is at capacity, and registration is now closed. We recommend that you consider registering for one of the semi-final venues that are currently still open.   If your preferred semi-final is closed, and if it is the only semi-final venue that you are able to attend, you may still register for the Wait List.  The Wait List operates on a first-come, first-serve basis, and entries are only moved from the Wait List to a confirmed registration list when and if space becomes available as a result of cancellation by another registrant, or due to additional time becoming available in the venue.  Please note – registering for the Wait List at any given venue does NOT guarantee you a place at semi-finals, and we ask that Wait List registrants do not submit payment. If and when space becomes available, you will receive an e-mail confirmation of your participation in the semi-final, and at that point, payment will be due.    

Here are some additional instructions to guide you through the Wait List registration process:

  1. Log in or create an account through DanceCompGenie
  2. Select ‘Add New Registration’
  3. The first page you will see is the ‘Who and Where’, please select ‘Wait List City’
  4. Continue through the registration until you have entered all of your solos and/or ensembles, then click ‘Save’
  5. Finally, a waiver will be sent to the email add

  Once you register for the Wait List, it will take us some time to find a way to accommodate all wait list participants. We know that this is important to you and we are trying to find ways to allow more participants to attend, by adding time in the theater and studios and looking for alternative solutions. Most likely, we will be able to let you know about your registration within a few weeks, but in some cases, we will need to wait until the 8 week cut-off date for confirmed registrations, to find out if anyone had dropped out and additional space became available. We invite you to mark your preferred semi-final’s 8 week cut-off date in your calendar, so that if you haven’t heard from us yet, you may reconfirm your interest by emailing us at that point — and we will let you know whether space has opened up.    As always, please direct all additional questions to regional@yagp.org.   Thank you, The YAGP Team


  Tadeusz Matacz, born in Warsaw, Poland, received his ballet education at the State Ballet Academy in Warsaw where he also completed his pedagogical training with Leonid Zhdanov. In 1977 he had his first engagement as a dancer at the Big Theater Warsaw and at the same time worked as a ballet teacher at the ballet school in Warsaw. Mr. Matacz was a Principal Dancer at the Big Theater Warsaw, and a Soloist at the Badische State Theatre in Karlsruhe where he also took on pedagogical commitments, becoming Ballet Master and Choreographer. From 1990 to 1998 he also worked as a Guest Teacher with Ballet Frankfurt, Toulouse Ballet, the Big Theater Warsaw and the Stuttgart Ballet. Since 1999 Tadeusz Matacz has been the Director of the John Cranko Schule in Stuttgart. He is a juror at many enowned international ballet competitions, including a longtime leadership role on the jury panel at Youth America Grand Prix.  
  Ballet Master Houston Ballet II  
  Mr. Muñoz performed with Ballet de Santiago for 20 years, working with many renowned choreographers. As a teacher, Mr. Muñoz has taught internationally in North and South America, Australia, and Europe. He has served on juries for Junior Ballet Competition Japan Grand Prix and the Youth America Grand Prix. Mr. Muñoz joined Houston Ballet Academy as Ballet Master in 1999. As HBII Ballet Master, he provides artistic leadership, teaching, choreography, curriculum development and supervision to all HBII students, and is proud to have trained more than half of current Houston Ballet company members. In 2016 he was awarded the Dance Teacher Award by Dance Teacher Magazine.  
  Tony Award-nominated Dancer/Actress; former dancer, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater  
  Karine Plantadit is a classically-trained dancer and performer. Born in France and raised in Cameroon, she moved to Cannes, France, at age 14 to study dance at the Rosella Hightower School. She subsequently moved to New York City to train with Alvin Ailey, joining the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater company and becoming one its most celebrated dancers. Ms. Plantadit has appeared in Broadway shows including The Lion King, Saturday Night Fever, Movin’ Out, and Come Fly Away, for which she received a 2015 TONY Award nomination. She is in high demand as a master teacher in the United States and abroad, and a veteran YAGP adjudicator and teacher.  
  Youth America Grand Prix Co-Founder  
  Gennadi Saveliev trained with the great master teacher, Pyotr Pestov at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, and with Stanley Williams at the School of American Ballet. Mr. Saveliev was a member of Bolshoi Ballet before he joined American Ballet Theatre in 1996, upon winning a Silver Medal at the New York International Ballet Competition. In his 16-year tenure with ABT, Mr. Saveliev has toured extensively and appeared as a Guest Artist in galas around the world. In 2000, together with Larissa Saveliev, he co-founded Youth America Grand Prix international student ballet competition. He has taught at The Royal Ballet School, San Francisco Ballet School, Zurich Dance Academy and other prominent dance institutions around the world. He currently serves as a Company Teacher for ABT II, and appears as a Guest Master Teacher in the United States and internationally.