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Hailey Kolker

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Hailey Kolker is a former dancer and pre-professional school administrator, a teacher, and Director of Communications for Youth America Grand Prix. Through this blog, she aims to bring together the stories, advice, and topics that matter most to all who are passionate about ballet and dance. Welcome!

Newsletter: 2020 Highlights

Dear Friends,  2020 has been a challenging year – and dancers worldwide have accepted the challenge: to work harder,...

Newsletter: October 2020

Dear Friends, It is with gratitude and appreciation for our global community of dancers, teachers, schools, friends, and supporters...

Q&A with Sascha Radetsky

How to audition successfully? What is crucial in becoming a great partner? Sascha Radetsky, Artistic Director of ABT...

Q&A with Peter Stark

How do dancers deal with a pandemic? How does the world pandemic affect ballet companies' recruitment process for the upcoming season? How...

Q&A with Ernst Meisner

What is it that artistic directors look for in dancers? How to maintain your grand allegro when practicing at home? How to...

Newsletter: 2020 Semi-Final Highlights

Dear Friends,  Today would have marked the start of the YAGP 2020 Finals. More than 1,500 of the most...

Class Perspective: Staying Motivated

We’ve all been there. You walk into ballet class, find your favorite spot at the barre, and chat excitedly with your friends....

Newsletter: January 2020

Dear Friends, As we welcome the beginning of a new year, we invite you to join us in celebrating...

Youth America Grand Prix 101

Participating in YAGP is, no doubt, considered a rite of passage for many dancers today. But it is also one that often...

Audition Tips

Hello, friends! We hope you enjoyed taking a look around the new YAGP blog last month. Perhaps you’ve already begun applying some...