Youth America Grand Prix’s 2013 “Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow” Gala will take place on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater.

Annually sold-out and highly acclaimed by critics worldwide, YAGP Galas featuring the world’s most promising young dance students and the stars of today’s leading international dance companies have been thrilling New York City audiences since the inception of YAGP in 1999. 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 the late Clive Barnes of The New York Post, “the highlight of the New York ballet season.”


Nina Ananiashvili (Tbilisi Z. Paliashvili Opera and Ballet State Theatre)
Tyler Angle (New York City Ballet)
Clifton Brown
Herman Cornejo (American Ballet Theatre)
Chase Finlay (New York City Ballet)
Dorothée Gilbert (Paris Opera Ballet)
Marcelo Gomes (American Ballet Theatre)
Osiel Gouneo (National Ballet of Cuba)
Maria Kochetkova (San Francisco Ballet)
Misa Kuranaga (Boston Ballet)
Lil Buck
Svetlana Lunkina (Bolshoi Ballet)
Teresa Reichlen (New York City Ballet)
Viengsay Valdes (National Ballet of Cuba)
Alejandro Virelles (YAGP Alumnus, Boston Ballet)
Lonnie Weeks (YAGP Alumnus, San Francisco Ballet)

And WORLD PREMIERES by Emery LeCrone and Marcelo Gomes, with an ORIGINAL SCORE by Karen LeFrak.


  “Carmen Fantasy”   Elli Choi (Violin, Musical Protégé Series)  
  Music: Pablo de Sarasate   Accompanied by: Carlos Avila (piano)  
  “Clown Variation”   Lada Saratkova (Nr.416/10y)  
  Choreography: Vladislav Kuramshin   Vladislav Kuramshin Russian Ballet School – St. Petersburg, RUSSIA  
  Teacher: Tatiana Petrova      
  Variation from “Don Quijote”   Daichi Ikarashi (Nr.497/10y) Nigata Ballet School – JAPAN  
  Choreography: Marius Petipa      
  Teacher: Kyoko Sakurai, Erika Sakurai      
  “Magalenha”   Maria Clara Coehlo (Nr.75/14y)  
  Choreography: Ana Palmieri   Balletarrj Escola de Danca – BRAZIL  
  Teacher: Romulo Ramos      
  Variation from “La Fille Mal Gardee”   Adhonay Soares Da Silva (Nr.327/15y)  
  Choreography: A.Gorsky   Bale Jovem Gustav Ritter a Bale Basileu Franca – BRAZIL  
  Teacher: Herold      
  Variation from “Esmeralda”   Gisele Bethea (Nr.57/13y)  
  Choreography: M.Petipa   Master Ballet Academy – AZ USA  
  Teacher: Irena Wozniak, Slawomir Wozniak      
  “My First Modern Piece”   Jinchang Gu (Nr.332/15y) Liaoning Ballet Academy – P.R OF CHINA  
  Choreography: Disha Zhang      
  Teacher: Yifei Zhao      
  Variation from “Giselle”   Lou Spichtig (Nr. 205/15y) Tanz Akademie Zurich – SWITZERLAND  
  Choreography: J.Perrot,J.Coralli      
  Teacher: Tina Goldin      
  Variation from “Swan Lake”   Joo Wan Ahn (Nr.373/19y)  
  Choreography: M. Petipa   Korea National University of Arts – REPUBLIC OF KOREA  
  Teacher: Margarita Kullik      
  “Flames of Paris” Pas de Deux   Maria Kochetkova – San Francisco Ballet  
  Choreography: Vassily Vainonen   Jorge Lopez Barani (Nr.727/20y)  
      Magaly Suarez The Art of Classical Ballet – FL, USA  
  Grand Defile   Choreography: Carlos dos Santos, Jr.  
      Music: Peter Tchaikovsky  
      The Grand Defilé is a specially choreographed  
      piece d’occasion for over 250 YAGP  
      participants from 28 countries and  
      throughout the United States.  
  The Finalists of Youth America Grand Prix 2013 international student ballet competition.  
  Entries will be announced during the performance.  
  “Take 5”   Clifton Brown  
  Choreography: Fredrick Earl Mosley   Live music accompaniment:  
  Music: Paul Desmond   Braxton Cook (Saxophone)  
      James MacBride (Drums)  
      Luke Sellick (Bass)  
      Samora Pinderhughes (Piano)  
  “La Bayadere” – Nikiya Monologue from Act I   Svetlana Lunkina (Bolshoi Ballet)  
  Choreography: Marius Petipa      
  Music: Ludwig Minkus      
  “Double Bounce” – U.S. PREMIERE   Viengsay Valdés and Osiel Gouneo  
  Choreography: Peter Quanz   (National Ballet of Cuba)  
  Music: David Lang      
  “Partita No. 2 in C Minor” – WORLD PREMIERE   Teresa Reichlen and Tyler Angle  
  Choreography: Emery LeCrone   (New York City Ballet)  
  Music: J.S. Bach   Live music accompaniment:  
  The Emerging Choreographer Series is made possible with major support from   Vassily Primakov (Piano)  
  Elizabeth Frenchman & Kenneth E. Gordon.      
  “Tous les Jours” – U.S. PREMIERE   Chase Finlay (New York City Ballet)  
  Choreography: Marcelo Gomes   Live music accompaniment:  
  Music: Karen LeFrak   Emiko Edwards (Piano)  
  Tous les Jours is a co-production of YAGP and the Mariinsky   Jingyi Zhang (Piano)  
  Ballet. It had its world premiere on March 10, 2013 in St.      
  Petersburg, Russia as part of the Mariinsky Festival.      
  “Romeo and Juliet” – Balcony Pas de Deux   Dorothée Gilbert (Paris Opera Ballet)  
  Choreography: Kenneth MacMillan   Marcelo Gomes (American Ballet Theatre)  
  Music: Sergey Prokofiev      
  “Borderlands Pas de Deux” – NY PREMIERE   Maria Kochetkova (San Francisco Ballet)  
  Choreography: Wayne McGregor   Lonnie Weeks (YAGP Alumnus,  
  Music: Joel Cadbury and Paul Stoney   San Francisco Ballet)  
  “Swan” (Pièce d’occasion)   Nina Ananiashvilli (Georgia State Ballet)  
  Choreography: Mikhail Fokine and Lil Buck   Lil Buck  
  Music: Camille Saint-Saëns   Live music accompaniment:  
      Nina Kotova (Cello)  
      Vassily Primakov (Piano)  
  “Le Corsaire” – Pas de Trois   Misa Kuranaga (Boston Ballet)  
  Choreography: Marius Pepita   Herman Cornejo (American Ballet Theatre)  
  Music: Adolphe Adam, arranged by Ricardo Drigo   Alejandro Virelles (YAGP Alumnus,  
      Boston Ballet)