Youth America Grand Prix

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Coppelia (Delibes/St. Leon) Pas de Deux, all variations
Diana & Acteon (Pugni/Vaganova) Pas de Deux and Variations
Don Quixote (Minkus/Petipa) Pas de Deux, Act III, Kitri's Variations, Act I, II, Grand Queen of the Dryads, Act II Variations, Act III Variations
Etudes (Czerny/Lander) Ballerina's Variation (with written permission only) 
Fairy Doll (Drigo/Legat)
Flower Festival at Genzano (Helsted/Bournonville) Pas de Deux and all Variations 
Giselle (Adam/Perrot, Coralli) Variation of Giselle, Act I Peasant Pas de Deux, Pas de Deux, Act II 
Grand Pas Classique (Auber/Gsovsky) Pas de Deux and Variations
Harlequinade (Drigo/Petipa) Pas De Deux and All Variations
La Bayadere (Minkus/Petipa) Three Shade Variatons, Act III; Gamzatti Variation, Pas de Deux and Variations, Bronze Idol, Nikia Pas de Deux (Please note: Nikia Vairiation is not accepted for competition, unless under 2:30 minutes.)
La Esmeralda (Pugni/Petipa) Pas de Deux and Variations
La Fille Mal Gardee (Hertel/Nijinska, Romanoff) Pas de Deux and Variations
La Sylphide (Lovenskjold/Bournonville) Pas de Deux and Variations
Le Corsaire (Adam, Drigo/Petipa) Pas d'Esclave and Variations, Odalisques Variations, Jardin Anime, Act III, Pas de Deux and Variations
Les Sylphides/Chopiniana (Chopin/Fokine) Male and Female Mazurkas, Waltz # 7 and Waltz # 11, Prelude
Napoli (Paulli/Bournonville) Pas de Six and Variations 
Nutcracker (Tchaikovsky/V. Vainonen)
Paquita (Minkus/Petipa) Any Variation (Please note: Paquita Etoile, is not accepted for competition, unless under 2:30 minutes)
Pas De Quatre (Pugni/Perrot, Dolin) Pas de Deux and Variations
Raymonda (Glazunov/Petipa) All Variation
Satanella (Pugni/Petipa) Pas de Deux and Variations
Swan Lake (Tchaikovsky/Petipa, Ivanov) Pas de Trois and Variations, Odette's Variation, Act II, Black Swan Pas de Deux and Variations
The Flames of Paris (Asafiev/Vainonen) Pas de Deux and Variations
The Nutcracker (Tchaikovsky/Vainonen) Pas de Deux and Variations
The Sleeping Beauty (Tchaikovsky/Petipa) Variations of Fairies, Aurora's Variations (under 2:30 minutes), Acts I, II, Blue Bird Pas de Deux and Variations, Wedding Pas de Deux and Variations. (Please note: Aurora Variation from Act I is not accepted for competition, unless under 2:30 minutes)
Walpurgis Nacht (Gounod/Lavrovsky) Pas de Deux and Variations
The Talisman (Schnietzhoeffer/Drigo/Petipa)  All variations
Pharaoh’s Daughter (Pugni/Petipa, Lacotte), (with written permission only) All Variations


Dear participants,

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of contemporary choreographers who may be available to choreograph contemporary pieces for the YAGP competition or for other events. This list should be used only as an additional resource for those who need help, and YAGP is not responsible for any arrangements made with these choreographers.

The choreography fees vary individually, but the choreographers have agreed to lower their regular fees for YAGP participants. The fees start from $250; exact fees for each choreographer are available upon request from YAGP office.

There are 3 possible ways to work with a choreographer:

1) Inviting the choreographer to your location to set an original work
2) Traveling to the location of the choreographer to set an original work
3) Using an already choreographed piece (available in some instances on videotape)

Please note: the list is continuously updated, so please check back for updated choreographer and contact information. If you have any questions, please contact the YAGP office.

Tel: 989.739.5422

Italian-born Giuseppe Canale has toured extensively as a dancer with such companies as Maurice Bejart's Ballet of the 20th Century (Bruxelles), Ballet Company of Jean Deroc (Switzerland), Ballet Company of Germinal Casado (West Germany), and the Het National Ballet (Netherlands). Mr. Canale has choreographed works for Het National Ballet and Teatro Massimo in Itally, becoming the Artistic Director of Teatro Massimo in 1994. As the director of the company, he revitalized the theater's repertoire and initiated multiple arts outreach programs. Since moving to the United States, Mr. Canale became the Co-Director of The Northeast Academy of Dance and has appeared as a judge at the Luxembourg International Ballet Competition.

David Justin (UK)
Tel: 512.471.6295

Formerly a Principal Dancer with Birmingham Royal Ballet (UK), a Soloist with San Francisco Ballet and Boston Ballet, David has enjoyed a choreographic and performance career over thirty years including the principal roles of classical ballet and contemporary ballet works by Forsythe, Kylian, Tharp, Taylor, Morris, Van Mannen, Caniparoli, York and others. Touring the world, David’s dancing has been described as ‘alluring and mercurial’, ‘polished’, ‘brilliant’, and ‘fearless.’

David’s own critically acclaimed choreography has been performed at the Kennedy Center, in Greece, at the Edinburgh Festival, and in New York City. He has created works on dancers from around the world including New York City Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, Ballet de Monte Carlo, Atlanta Ballet, Alberta Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem and many more.

David is available to choreograph and coach solos and pas de deux for both Senior and Junior divisions.

Tel: 561.997.0031

Tara Mitton Catao is an award-winning choreographer, coach and master teacher. For over ten years, Ms. Mitton Catao served as the resident choreographer and modern dance faculty for the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, FL. She has been on the faculties of the London Contemporary School of Dance, the Gus Giordano Dance Center, and the Ruth Page Foundation School of Ballet. In 1981, Ms. Mitton Catao founded the Chicago Repertory Dance Ensemble, with which she toured extensively both nationally and internationally. Ms. Mitton Catao prides herself in creating choreography that highlights each dancer technical and artistic talents.

Ms. Mitton Catao is available for coaching, workshops, master classes and solo and ensemble choreography. Website: (under construction)


Artistic director Cangelosi Dance Project

Cell: 917.239.4865
Website (under construction):

Mr. Dos Santos' choreographic credits include works for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, American Dance Festival, Colorado Ballet, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, and DanceBrazil. He has performed as a soloist with major Brazilian dance companies, including Grupo Salto, Bale Folclorico da Bahia, Bale Teatro Castro Alves, and DanceBrazil. In the U.S., Mr. Dos Santos has performed with the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, DanceBrazil, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, and Complexions. Mr. Dos Santos' choreography is individually tailored to showcase each dancer's technical and artistic level and incorporates elements of classical ballet and contemporary dance techniques (Graham, Horton, Dunham, jazz).

PERLA JOY FURR (South Natick, MA)
Tel: 508.655.0675

Perla Joy Furr has performed and designed dance for over three decades. Ms. Furr has extensive experience in Grahm, Humphrey, Limon and Cunningham modern dance techniques. Ms. Furr's talents include extensive knowledge and background with outstanding teaching skills, augmented by her extraordinary ability to inspire performers to exhibit their ultimate performing skills and stage presence. She studied with and has been inspired by Mimi Kim Kagen, Bill Evans, Trisha Brown, Kei Takei and Chris Komar. In 1975, Ms. Furr became artistic director and founder of modern dance company, PJF &Co., Vibrato Arts Center and most recently founder and director/producer of the Choreographers Group, since 1996. She has taught at Harvard University, Boston Repertory, The Studio, Green Street Studios and The Dance Complex. She has been commissioned to present her work by Faneuil Hall, Newbury Street Collective, Dover Foundation, WNAC and WGBH-TV. Furr's work has also been performed at Dancespace Project at St. Mark's Church, New York City, Tower Auditorium, the Dance Complex, Green Street Studios, Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, Babson College, Dance Umbrella and the Dance Space at Concord Academy. She has been a guest artist of Boston College and Brandeis University. Ms. Furr's last assignment was on staff as Director of Modern Dance Department at Dancing Arts Center. Ms. Furr's work is currently presented nationally. In March 2005 Ms. Furr's students placed First Place in contemporary solo and Second Place in contemporary ensemble at the YAGP semi finals. In April 2005 Ms. Furr's students finished in the Top 12th in the ensemble group at the Youth America Grand Prix in New York City. 

Ms. Furr is available for the production of contemporary choreography, coaching, workshops and master classes. 

Contact: Mikhail Tchoupakov

Goleizovsky Kas'yan of Kiev (1892-1970), Russian ballet dancer and choreographer. Studied dance in Moscow, and from 1906 to 1909 in the St. Petersburg Theater School. In 1909-1918 - artist of the Moscow Bolshoi Theater. The first experiments carried choreographing in 1916 at the Moscow theater. At the same time founded the studio, which in 1922-1925 was called the Moscow Chamber Ballet. Created miniature "Faun" on the music to. Debussy, and "Salome" to music by Richard Strauss (both in 1922), set multiple numbers to the music of Chopin, Prokofiev, Scriabin, dancing - Spanish, eccentric, and others. Experiments Goleizovsky, its matching ballet movements emotional expressiveness of music, as well as an appeal to constructivism as the scenic design of dance and in choreography attracted the attention. In Goleizovsky saw the leader of the vanguard of the 1920. In 1925 he set at the Bolshoi Ballet "Joseph the Beautiful" (music by S. Vasilenko); stormy discussion ensued, the novelty plastics processing performance B. R. Erdmann, and partly by theme: the conflict between the individual and the power. Since the mid 1930's, when the official ideology proclaimed the formal quest 'formalism', Goleizovsky rarely able to work in Moscow (except athletic performances parades on Red Square). The interest in folklore led him to Belarus, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, where he raised a series of performances and participated in the preparation of decades of national art: his best work - Tajik ballet Du Ghoul "(music by A. Lenski, 1941). Ability to return to the Bolshoi Theater has arisen only in the 1960. Goleizovsky put here ballets Skryabiniana "(1962) and" Layla and Majnun "(music by SA Balasanyan, 1964). Goleizovsky died in Moscow on May 4, 1970.

Contact: info coming soon

Mr. Godden is the winner of the YAGP 2001 Outstanding Choreographer Award.


Ms. Harper is a choreographer, dancer, and singer. Her choreographic credits include works for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, Jacob's Pillow, and other companies. As a dancer, she has performed with the Dance Theater of Harlem, William Forsythe's Ballett Frankfurt, the Broadway and the national tour productions of Fosse, and with New York-based contemporary dance company, Complexions. Her most recent work, The Fragile Stone Theory, received its world premiere at the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in 2002.

CHARLES MAPLE (Orange County, CA)
Tel: 562.433.5484

Charles Maple danced with American Ballet Theatre and the Basel Ballet of Switzerland. His association with these companies exposed him to the cutting edge choreography of Europe and America's most influential choreographers. In 1992 Maple began creating his own works. He has since received a steady stream of commissions, awards and a growing reputation as a freelance choreographer. Mr. Maple's choreography represents a diversity of dance styles that are firmly rooted in the traditions of classical ballet. He is resident choreographer of the South Bay Ballet and is on staff at the American Ballet Theatre summer intensive.

Contact: info coming soon

Tel: 302.734.9717 (c/o Academy of Dance Arts, IL)

The recipient of the YAGP 2001 Outstanding Choreographer Award, YAGP 2000 Outstanding Teacher Award, and YAGP 2000 Outstanding School Award, Ms. Moray has been choreographing for the past 10 years for such companies as Alabama Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and others. She has received the 1st place at the Sarasota Ballet Choreography Competition in 1996. Her pieces are based on classical ballet aesthetic.

E-mail: (c/o Liana's Selected Workshop)
Tel: 304-785-8744

Recipient of the YAGP 2000 Outstanding Choreographer Award, Ms. Navarro has been teaching in the Miami area for many years. In 1976, she founded her own studio, Liana's Selected Workshop. Ms. Navarro's choreography has received numerous awards at competitions throughout the country. She has also choreographed for commercials and television programs.

BRIAN READER (New York City)
Contact: c/o ABT (leave message for Brian Reader)
Tel: 212.477.3030

Currently performing with ABT, Mr. Reader has choreographed for the ABT Studio Company and the ABT Summer Intensive. His choreographic style is based on classical ballet and the use of theatrical elements and stage humor.