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Youth America Grand Prix moves digital

Olivia Bevilacqua at YAGP 2019 Final Round. Photo by VAM Productions.
Olivia Bevilacqua at YAGP 2019 Final Round. Photo by VAM Productions.

Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) has announced a new Virtual Scholarship Program. The world’s largest ballet scholarship competition will continue its mission to ensure the future of dance. This past year, over 12,000 aspiring dancers, ages nine to 19, auditioned at YAGP semi-finals around the globe — 34 cities in 14 countries. Every dancer who placed in the top 12, Classical Category, is eligible to apply for scholarships to top dance institutions through YAGP. 

“For 20 years, YAGP has been committed to assisting students with the next steps in their dance careers,” said YAGP Founder and Artistic Director Larissa Saveliev, “and even in these challenging circumstances, we continue our mission of facilitating as many scholarships as possible.” 

YAGP has engaged with its extensive global network of partner dance institutions, including Paris Opera Ballet School, Princess Grace Academy (Monaco), American Ballet Theatre’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School and the John Cranko School of Stuttgart Ballet. A representative from each has relayed specific criteria to YAGP. Students have been given the opportunity to create a “personal profile”, including videos of recent work, the school they currently attend and results from their YAGP auditions. YAGP applicants are offered Year-Round, Short Term, and Summer Program scholarships, as well as placement opportunities, and have the ability to choose schools or companies to which they apply. As the largest global network of dance, YAGP is uniquely positioned to take information from both sides to facilitate a connection.

YAGP has also begun offering dancers an array of free online ballet classes. YAGP is unique with its extensive global repertoire of alumni and affiliated dance professionals. Teachers include Luca Masala (Artistic Director of Monaco’s Princess Grace Academy), Sasha De Sola (YAGP Alumna and Principal Dancer at San Francisco Ballet), Maria Khoreva (Mariinsky Ballet), Kathryn Morgan (Miami City Ballet), Skylar Brandt (American Ballet Theatre), Peter Stark (Boston Ballet), Oliver Matz (Zurich Dance Academy), Jason Beechey (Palucca School Dresden), and TONY-nominated Broadway performer Karine Plantadit (YAGP Judge and Emcee, former dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater) teaching a special class on the Horton technique for ballet dancers. As the YAGP community practices social distancing, its social media channels (Instagram, Facebook, YouTube) are providing these daily classes at 12pm EST, which will remain available on each channel permanently. 

For more information, visit yagp.org

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