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  • Saturday | November 3, 2018 to Sunday | November 4, 2018
  Dear Participants,   We are excited to be back for the 2019 Youth America Grand Prix ballet competition semi-final in Philadelphia. We are proud to be able to present performance and training opportunities for dancers from the greater Philadelphia area, looking to compete in classical and contemporary dance performance, take master classes and become eligible to participate in the New York City Finals. We wish you the best of luck this season!  


  Senior Faculty Member & Company Teacher  
  Rinat Imaev trained at the Vaganova Ballet Academy, and danced with the Kirov Ballet, the National Ballet of Bulgaria in Sofia, and the Royal Ballet of Flanders. Mr. Imaev was a recipient of the Gold Medal at the Varna International Ballet Competition, and regularly appears as a member of the jury and master teacher at various international ballet competitions. His exceptional career as a guest artist and ballet master made him a sought-after teacher for prominent institutions and companies all over the world, including American Ballet Theatre, where he served as a company teacher for many years. In 2016, Mr. Imaev joined the Washington School of Ballet as a Senior Faculty Member and Company Teacher.  
  Corps de Ballet  
  Gabe Stone Shayer was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1993. He began his formal training at 11 with Alexei Boltov and Alexei and Natalia Cherov in Philadelphia. At 13 he was offered the lead role in the world premiere of a modern ballet, Darfur as a guest principal with the Rebecca Davis Dance Company which subsequently toured the United States.

At 14, Shayer began training full time as a scholarship student at The Rock School for Dance Education where he performed many classical and contemporary variations, pas de deux and ensembles. He danced numerous Nutcracker roles including the Cavalier.

In the 2009 YAGP International Finals, Shayer, at 15, placed in the top twelve for his pas de deux in the Senior Category. The same year he attended the Bolshoi Ballet Academy Program in Moscow and won First Place for Best Male Dancer.

At the 2010 YAGP semi-finals, Shayer won the Grand Prix Award and was a finalist in the New York International Competition. He received numerous scholarships, most notably to the John Cranko School in Stuttgart, Germany and the Princess Grace Academy in Monaco. In 2010, at the USAIBC in Jackson, Mississippi, he proceeded to the final round.

He continued his studies at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow where he was asked to join the graduating class of eight boys under the tutelage of Ilya Kuznetsov.

Shayer also toured with the Academy and the Bolshoi Ballet in Italy and Greece, performing in La Fille Mal Gardée and The Nutcracker. While in Russia, he performed for many dignitaries including the President of Slovakia and Dr. Joseph Biden on the Vice Presidential visit to Moscow.

In 2011, Shayer performed as a soloist in Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony in Proteges III at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D. C. He joined the ABT Studio Company in September 2011, the main Company as an apprentice in April 2012 and the corps de ballet in November 2012.

In 2016, Shayer received the Clive Barnes Award for Dance.

Mr. Shayer’s performances with American Ballet Theatre are sponsored by Irene Fuchsberg Minkoff.

  Broadway Performer  
  Monique Smith graduated from the Fordham/Ailey BFA Program in New York and went on to dance in many Broadway productions including “Memphis,” “Hot Feet” and “After Midnight,” for which she received a Fred and Adele Astaire Award nomination. Ms. Smith also performed with Philadanco, Sonya Tayeh Dance, and Forces of Nature Dance Company, for Radio City Music Hall and with New York Philharmonic. Ms. Smith is a proud recipient of numerous choreography awards and is a renowned teacher, in high demand with schools and dance companies all over the United States. She currently teaches for The Dance Sessions and is the Co-Director of St. Louis Elite Dance.  
  Youth America Grand Prix, Assistant Artistic Director; former dancer, Bolshoi Ballet  
  Alexei Moskalenko is a graduate of the Moscow Bolshoi Ballet Academy and former dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet Grigorovich, later receiving a degree in Ballet Pedagogy and Choreography from the Moscow State Academy of Choreography. After moving to the US, Mr. Moskalenko was a principal dancer, and went on to open his own ballet school, becoming a celebrated national and international guest teacher. Mr. Moskalenko’s students have won the highest awards in international ballet competitions including Moscow IBC, Varna and YAGP. Having worked with YAGP since its founding as a Regional and International Judge, Master teacher and the NYC Rehearsal Director, Mr. Moskalenko was named as YAGP’s Assistant Artistic Director in 2016.