Youth America Grand Prix

Events for YAGP Supporters

Events for YAGP Supporters

January 27, 2014 - the making of an artist


"What is an artist?" Barbara Brandt will examine this question with renowned American Ballet Theatre dancers, Marcelo Gomes, Misty Copeland, and James Whiteside. Through discussion and demonstration, their creative evolution will unfold. 

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April 18, 2013 - YAGP 2013 Gala "STARS OF TODAY MEET THE STARS OF TOMORROW"


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FEBRUARY 4, 2013 - CREATING THE DANCE WITH MARCELO GOMES


Barbara Brandt will explore the dynamic collaborative process with Marcelo Gomes, critically-acclaimed Principal Dancer and Choreographer of American Ballet Theatre.


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JANUARY 13, 2013 - MEET THE DANCER: MICHAELA DEPRINCE


Youth America Grand Prix invites you and your family to meet YAGP Alumna Michaela DePrince, star of "First Position," and take an informal ballet class.


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April 28, 2012: BALLERINA ASSOLUTA: GALA TRIBUTE HONORING THE LEGENDARY NATALIA MAKAROVA


Do not miss this historic evening as international super stars perform Makarova's most iconic roles.


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April 27, 2012: STARS OF TODAY MEET THE STARS OF TOMORROW


Join us for our annual Gala celebration.


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April 28, 2012: BALLERINA ASSOLUTA: GALA TRIBUTE HONORING THE LEGENDARY NATALIA MAKAROVA


Do not miss this historic evening as international super stars perform Makarova's most iconic roles.


Makarova Ballerina Assoluta Gala - Invitation Card
Makarova Ballerina Assoluta Gala - Invitation Response Card

March 1, 2011


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YAGP Gala 2011


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Making of a Dancer


On Monday, October 25, YAGP held its annual Fall Cocktail Reception at the Ailey Citigroup Theater of The Joan Weill Center for Dance. We all enjoyed sharing an intimate evening with the dancers Jose Manuel Carreño, Principal Dancer, American Ballet Theatre, and former YAGP participants Melanie Hamrick, Simone Messmer, Joseph Phillips, and Zachary Catazaro and a special performance by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre student, Shu Kinouchi. We were enchanted by their performances and delighted by their stories of how YAGP has helped them become the dancers they are today.

Proceeds from this event benefited the YAGP Scholarship Fund, designed to help talented young students like Melanie, Simone, Joseph, Zachary, and Shu pursue their dreams through education and invaluable performance experience.



YAGP Fall Cocktail Reception, October 26, 2009


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On Monday, October 26, 2009 YAGP held its annual cocktail reception at The Norwood Club, and celebrated the talented young YAGP alumni who are now the rising stars of American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet: ABT Soloist Cory Stearns, who received a scholarship to The Royal Ballet School at YAGP in 2001, recently received the Erik Bruhn Prize, and went on to debut in the title role in "Romeo and Juliet;" ABT's Isabella Boylston, who won a Gold Medal at YAGP in 2001 and received a Princess Grace Award earlier this year; Zachary Catazaro, who won first place at YAGP in 2002 and 2003 and is currently one of the newest members of New York City Ballet; and James Applewhite, who received a scholarship to The Ailey School from YAGP in 2007, and is now training at ABT's JKO School 

Proceeds from this event benefited the YAGP Scholarship Fund, designed to help talented young students like Cory, Isabella, Zachary, and James pursue their dreams through education and invaluable performance experience. 

Cirque du Soleil 2009


"Making of a Dancer": Beyond Classical Ballet


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Youth America Grand Prix’s mission to provide extraordinary educational and performance opportunities includes not only affiliations with the world’s top traditional ballet institutions, but also partnerships with organizations outside of the traditional ballet world that offer YAGP participants opportunity to launch their careers as professional dancers.

On May 31, 2009 YAGP celebrated a partnership with yet another dance institution that has carved its niche outside the traditional ballet world:  the international performance arts phenomenon, Cirque du Soleil.  As the world’s largest dance talent network, YAGP was selected by Cirque du Soleil as one of its major sources of dance talent for the many dance-oriented shows the organization is planning to develop.  The group of YAGP supporters was treated to a performance of “Kooza” and an exclusive backstage tour offering a rare glimpse into the lives of Cirque du Soleil’s extraordinary performers. Rick Tija, Senior Artistic Talent Scout for Cirque de Soleil, said, “YAGP is a source of top young talent – the proof is in the pudding; a few months after our first attendance at YAGP we hired one of its participants and are looking forward to hiring many more for upcoming dance roles all over the world.

Russian Consulate 2009


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YAGP would like to extend it's special thanks to the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in New York for hosting the "Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow"Gala reception on April 22, 2009.

Reception for Wendy Whelan at Russian Consulate 2008


YAGP Annual Cocktail Reception at the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in New York honoring Principal Dancer of NYCB, Wendy Whelan.


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YAGP would like to extend it's special thanks to the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in New York for hosting the YAGP 2008 cocktail reception honoring Principal Dancer of New York City Ballet, Wendy Whelan, and to Rostislav Sharaevskiy for taking part in this celebration of talented children worldwide on behalf of The Spivakov Foundation.


Making of a Dancer: "Billy Elliot", November 10, 2008


YAGP alumni became the lead star of the hottest new musical, "Billy Elliot"

On November 10, 2008 friends and supporters of Youth America Grand Prix gathered to salute the three young YAGP alumni who became the lead stars of the hottest new musical, "Billy Elliot": David Alvarez, Tommy Bachelor, and Kiril Kulish.  The evening included an elegant dinner reception at Barbettea restaurant and a thrilling performance of the musical.  

Photo by Nina Alovert.


October 30, 2007


YAGP Cocktail Reception Honoring Julie Kent

On October 30, 2007 Youth America Grand Prix held a reception at the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in honor of ABT Principal Dancer, Julie Kent.  Friends and supporters of YAGP saluted Julie’s illustrious dance career, joined by her fellow dancers from American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet.

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January 26, 2004


YAGP cocktail reception honoring Ethan Stiefel.


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