The annually sold-out YAGP Galas have been thrilling NYC audiences for many years, and have become synonymous with the discovery of new dancers, choreographers, and companies. The unique format of the Gala, featuring the performances of international ballet stars and introducing the world’s brightest young dance talent quickly became an audience favorite and, according to Clive Barnes of the New York Post, “the highlight of the New York ballet season.”

YAGP 2012 Gala promises to be the most exciting yet. The Gala will feature YAGP alumni who currently perform with over 50 international ballet companies. Don’t miss this unique chance to see the best young dancers from around the globe and the world’s top professional dance artists in one spectacular Gala evening!


Yonah Acosta (English National Ballet), NEW YORK DEBUT
Alicia Amatriain (Stuttgart Ballet)
Islom Baimuradov (The Mariinsky Ballet)
Jiří Bubenĺček (Featured Choreographer, Dresden Semperoper Ballet)
Otto Bubenĺček (The Hamburg Ballet)
Yoel Carreño (Norwegian National Ballet)
Misty Copeland (American Ballet Theatre)
Herman Cornejo (American Ballet Theatre)
Robert Fairchild (New York City Ballet)
Marcelo Gomes (Featured Choreographer, American Ballet Theatre)
Alexandre Hammoudi (American Ballet Theatre)
Ekaterina Kondaurova (The Mariinsky Ballet)
Karen LeFrak (Composer)
Justin Peck (Emerging Choreographer, New York City Ballet)
Sergei Polunin (The Royal Ballet)
Teresa Reichlen (New York City Ballet)
Tamara Rojo (The Royal Ballet)
Jon Vallejo (Dresden Ballet)
Friedemann Vogel (Stuttgart Ballet)


  ACT 1: “STARS OF TOMORROW” Hosted by Ana Gasteyer and Brian d’Arcy James  
  The Winners of Youth America Grand Prix 2012 International Student Ballet Competition  
  Entries will be announced during the performance  
  Shostakovich Suite   Students from Next Generation Youth Ballet at Patel Conservatory (YAGP Outstanding School 2011)  
  Choreography: Richard Cook Staged by: Peter Stark      
  Music: Dmitri Shostakovich      
  Grand Defile   The Finalists of Youth America Grand Prix 2012 International Student Ballet Competition  
  Choreography: Carlos dos Santos, Jr.      
  Music: Peter Tchaikovsky      
  Furiant – WORLD PREMIERE   Teresa Reichlen  
  Choreography: Justin Peck   Robert Fairchild (New York City Ballet)  
  (Presented as part of “Emerging Choreographer Series”)   Live string quartet and piano by:  
  Music: Antonin Leopold Dvorak   Maria Jeffers  
  Costumes: Reid Bartelme   Elizabeth Young  
      Brooke Guiggins Saulnie  
      Miranda Sielaff  
      Vassily Primakov  
  Life is a Dream – NY PREMIERE   Tamara Rojo (The Royal Ballet)  
  Choreography: Fei Bo      
  Music: Wu Na      
  Tango Y Yo   Herman Cornejo (American Ballet Theatre)  
  Choreography: Herman Cornejo      
  Music: Astor Piazzolla      
  Pas de Trois from “Le Corsaire”   Yolanda Correa Frias  
  Choreography: Marius Petipa   Yoel Carrel’lo (Norwegian National Ballet)  
  Music: Adolphe Adam   Yonah Acosta – NY DEBUT (English National Ballet)  
  Toccare – WORLD PREMIERE   Misty Copeland  
  Choreography: Marcelo Gomes   Alexandre Hammoudi (American Ballet Theatre)  
  Music: Ian Ng (excerpt from Grand Jete on a Violin   Live piano and violin performances by (Dimitri Dover and Charles Yang)  
  Images: Jade Young   (The Juilliard School, Presented as part of “Musical Protégé” Series)  
  “Gentle Memories” – WORLD PREMIERE   Ekaterina Kondaurova (The Mariinsky Ballet)  
  Choreography: Jiri Bubenicek   Islom Baimuradov (The Mariinsky Ballet)  
  Music: Karen LeFrak   Otto Bubenicek (The Hamburg Ballet)  
      Jon Vallejo (Dresden Ballet)  
      Live Piano by Simon Mulligan  
  Surprise Performance   Karina Smirnoff (“Dancing with the Stars”)  
      Jose Manuel Carreno (Formerly of American Ballet Theater)  
  Pas de Deux from “Romeo and Juliet”   Friedemann Vogel – NY DEBUT  
  Choreography: John Cranko   Alicia Amatriain (Stutgart Ballet)  
  Music: Sergei Prokofiev      
  Pas de Deux from “Diana and Acteon”   Tamara Rojo (The Roayl Ballet)  
  Choreography: Agrippina Vaganova   Sergei Polunin (YAGP Alumnus)  
  Music: Cesare Pugni