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Youth America Grand Prix
 
Hailey Baldwin, Amy Astley, Bella Thorne, Hamish Bowles©Patrick McMullanPhoto - Owen Hoffmann/PatrickMcMullan.com
Hailey Baldwin, Amy Astley, Bella Thorne, Hamish Bowles
©Patrick McMullanPhoto - Owen Hoffmann/PatrickMcMullan.com
 

New York, NY - YOUTH AMERICA GRAND PRIX (YAGP) – the largest international dance network and student ballet scholarship audition – presented its annual signature “Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow” Gala, at the David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center, on April 16, 2015 at 6:30PM. The Gala, sponsored by Bulgari, featured the finalists of the international ballet scholarship auditions (stars of tomorrow) performing alongside today’s most celebrated ballet dancers (stars of today) – many of whom are YAGP alumni. Following the performance, dancers and guests, enjoyed dinner and dancing on the Promenade of the David H. Koch Theater. Veronica Bulgari, who was in attendance with her son, said "Bulgari is thrilled to support Youth America Grand Prix and, through them, so many talented young artists. I love ballet and I loved bringing my son tonight. Hailey Baldwin and Bella Thorne looked stunning in Bulgari's Bzero, Diva and Spiga collections."

The emcees for the performance were Julie Kent and Jared Angle with the program featuring Anton Pimonov, Alexei Kremnev, Emery LeCrone, Melissa Hamilton (Royal Ballet), Kimin Kim (Mariinsky Ballet), Wayne McGregor, Mauricio Wainrot and Paloma Herrera (American Ballet Theatre). Fashion designer B Michael designed costumes, and Karen LeFrak composed an original score for the world premiere of ‘Windy Sand.’

Following the performance, Amy Astley, editor of Teen Vogue, chaired dinner on the Promenade. Astley, Baldwin, David Hallberg and Thorne were donned in Bulgari jewelry for the evening. Astley noted "I am so honored and proud to have been part of the important work of YAGP in nurturing and supporting the next generation of dance talent.”

Notable guests included Mr. and Mrs. William Acquavella, Mr. and Mrs. Woody Allen, Jared Angle, Maria-Cristina Anzola and John Heimann, Maxim Beloserkovsky, Hamish Bowles, Irina Dvovorenko, Sergei Filin,Heather H. Georges, Mr. and Mrs. Mason Granger, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Gregory, Allegra Kent, David Koch, Mr. and Mrs. Richard LeFrak, Henry Leutwyler, Kamie Lightburn, Christina Lyon, B. Michael, Elyse Newhouse, Stan O’Neal, Mr. and Mrs. John Paulson, and Ben Rodriguez-Cubeñas.

YAGP Board of Directors Chair, Linda K. Morse was also in attendance alongside YAGP Founder Larissa Saveliev and board members Cheryl Bergenfeld, Barbara and Gary Brandt, Linda Fell, Sergey Gordeev, Judith Hoffman, Susan Jaffe, Margot London, Irene Minkoff, Richard Osterweil, Howard Paley, Elizabeth Papadoupolos, Joy Sabella, Irene Shen, John Sills, and Terry Zucker.

Performance Highlights:

PALOMA HERRERA in the NEW YORK PREMIERE OF ‘VERANO PORTEÑO' by MAURICIO WAINROT
This was one of her last New York appearances before retiring from ABT

US PROFESSIONAL DEBUT of YAGP Alumni MELISSA HAMILTON
(The Royal Ballet) & 
KIMIN KIM (Mariinsky Ballet)

 US PREMIERE of “QUALIA” by WAYNE MCGREGOR

 WORLD PREMIERE by ANTON PIMONOV (YAGP Emerging Choreographer)

WORLD PREMIERE by ALEXEI KREMNEV and the JOFFREY BALLET
(costumes designed by B MICHAEL with music composed by KAREN LEFRAK)

WORLD PREMIERE by EMERY LECRONE (costumes designed by B MICHAEL)

 NEW YORK PREMIERE of BALLET 101 by ERIC GAUTHIER

YOUTH AMERICA GRAND PRIX (YAGP) 
is a global dance network, connecting dance students, teachers, schools, companies, choreographers, professional dancers and audiences all over the world. YAGP annually conducts the world's largest student ballet scholarship audition, giving promising young dance students over $300,000 in scholarships to the leading dance schools worldwide. Since its founding in 1999, over 70,000 young dancers ages 9 to 19 of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds have participated in YAGP's international workshops, audition classes, and dance awareness events. Gifted dancers have earned over $3 million in scholarships to the leading dance schools. More than 300 YAGP alumni currently dance with 80 companies around the world including American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg, and many others.

 For more information, call 646-791-9500 or visit WWW.YAGP.ORG.

 

 

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