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Event details

  • Saturday | October 13, 2018 to Sunday | October 14, 2018
  Dear Participants,   We are excited to be back for the 2019 Youth America Grand Prix ballet competition semi-final in San Diego. We are proud to be able to present performance and training opportunities for dancers from the greater San Diego 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!  


  Former Principal Dancer  
  Jenifer Ringer graduated from the School of American Ballet and became a principal dancer at the New York City Ballet, performing a range of classical repertoire and originating roles in new works by choreographers including Jerome Robbins, Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon, and Peter Martins. After stepping down from the stage, Ms. Ringer became a company teacher at the New York City Ballet and a teaching fellow at the School of American Ballet, among other teaching engagements. Ms. Ringer has also worked internationally as Assistant Repetiteur for the Jerome Robbins Foundation. She is the recipient of the prestigious Dance Magazine Award and the Jerome Robbins Award. Ms. Ringer is currently the Director of the Colburn Dance Academy, which is a pre-professional training program in association with the LA Dance Project.  
  Vice Dean & Director of Dance  
  Jodie Gates was a celebrated principal dancer and muse for celebrated choreographer Robert Joffrey, originating many roles while dancing with The Joffrey Ballet. Ms. Gates additionally worked with Merce Cunningham, Agnes de Mille, Paul Taylor and Gerald Arpino. Ms. Gates created over 60 original dance works and staged ballets of William Forsythe in Teatro Alla Scala, San Francisco Ballet and the Paris Opera Ballet. Ms. Gates is the first director of the newly established Glorya Kaufman School of Dance at University of Southern California. She’s also the founder and artistic director of the award-winning Laguna Dance Festival.  
  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.  
  Former Soloist  
  Ashleigh Wilson grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, and danced from a young age with Bridgitte Reeves and Barbara Holden. In 2008 she was awarded a bursary to train at the Royal Academy of Dance and visited London for the first time. She then trained with Martin Schönberg, director of Ballet Theatre Afrikan in Johannesburg. In 2010 She accepted an apprenticeship with the SemperOper Ballet in Dresden, Germany and appeared in Premières of the work of William Forsythe and George Balanchine. She then moved to Berlin to dance with the MDR Deutsches Fernsehballet (German TV Ballet) touring extensively across Europe and appearing in front of millions of people on prime time television. She moved to London in 2013 to work with Peter Schaufuss Ballet on a Danish tour of Satisfaction, appearing in soloist roles. She has also modelled for Charlie Le Mindu, Johnson & Johnson and L’Oreal and danced in collaboration with Levern Botha of Jazzart, Sabia Khan of Tacheles Arthouse in Berlin and Cape Town City Ballet.