Youth America Grand Prix


About the Founders

Larissa Saveliev

Larissa Saveliev founder of YAGP ballet competition Ms. Saveliev was trained at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. As a member of Bolshoi Ballet, she has toured throughout Russia, England, France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Egypt, and Japan. Her repertoire includes most of the ballets from the classical repertoire, including Swan Lake, Les Sylphides, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, The Nutcracker, Le Corsaire, Raymonda, and Giselle, as well as works by Yuri Grigorovich, George Balanchine, Antony Tudor, and Agnes de Mille.

Since coming to the United States in 1995, Ms. Saveliev has continued her dance career with such companies as the Los Angeles Classical Ballet, The New Jersey Ballet, and Tulsa Ballet. In 1999, she was chosen to choreograph for the Princess Grace Awards Ceremony. A respected dance educator, Ms. Saveliev appears as a master teacher and stages classical ballet productions at schools around the country.

Gennadi Saveliev

Gennadi Saveliev founder of YAGP ballet competition Mr. Saveliev was trained at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy and the School of American Ballet. He has studied with such distinguished teachers and coaches as Sergei Berezhnoi, Pyotr Pestov, Mikhail Lavrovsky, Stanley Williams, Eleanor D'Antuono and Cynthia Gregory.

Mr. Saveliev was a member of Bolshoi Ballet before he joined American Ballet Theatre in 1996. He has appeared as a guest artist throughout the United States and has toured in Russia, Europe, Egypt, Brazil, Argentina, Japan, Hong Kong, and China, and has worked with such choreographers as Yuri Grigorovich, Lar Lubovich, Kevin McKenzie, Ben Stevenson, John Neumeier and Twyla Tharp. Mr. Saveliev's repertoire includes leading roles in Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Raymonda, Coppelia, Les Sylphides, Le Corsaire, Eugene Onegin and Don Quixote.

In 1996, Mr. Saveliev won a silver medal at the New York International Ballet Competition. Currently, he continues to perform as a soloist with American Ballet Theater and as guest artist with Angel Corella and Friends.