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"The Making of a Costume"
New York City Center
February 9, 2015

Opposite Photo:
Jean Shafiroff & Joanna Fischer


On a cold New York night, Monday February 9, 2015, Principal dancer Chase Finlay and Youth America Grand Prix alumna and soloist Lauren Lovette, both of New York City Ballet, participated in YAGP’s ‘The Making of a Costume’ panel and performed an original pas de deux. Barbara Brandt explored the dynamics of costume design, from concept to creation, with fashion designer B Michael and choreographer Andrea Schermoly in a rehearsal studio at New York City Center.
Over 130 guests attended including Maria Cristina Anzola, Yanna Avis, Katherine E. Brown, Saundra Cornwell, Mark Anthony Edwards, Kathy Hardwick, Sharon King Hoge, Miche`le Gerber Klein, Ricki Noel Lander, Gillian and Slyvester Miniter, Indre Rockefeller, Alexandra Schlesinger, Jean Shafiroff, Arlene Shuler, Melissa Smith, and Laure Vienot Tronche. YAGP Chair Linda Morse sat front row accompanied by board members Cheryl Bergenfeld, Gary Brandt, Linda Fell, Judith M. Hoffman, Irene Shen, Margot London, Irene Minkoff, Richard Osterweil, Howard Paley, Elizabeth Papadopolous, Joy Sabella, Robert Schulman, John Sills, and Terry Zucker.

B Michael, Andrea Schermoly, Barbara Brandt, Lauren Lovette and Chase Finlay

Margot London, Lynne Dorfman, Linda Fell and Irene Minkoff

After the performance, B Michael presented a one of a kind tutu, modeled by Corps de Ballet dancer at American Ballet Theatre and YAGP Alumna, Catherine Hurlin, which was then auctioned off by board member Richard Osterweil. Michael Weil, who won the auction, generously donated the tutu to Hurlin. Proceeds from the event will provide much needed scholarships for talented dancers. An intimate reception followed the discussion where dancers, designers, and guests raved about the fabulous evening.

Youth America Grand Prix supports and develops world-class dancers ages 9 to 19 of all ethnic, economic, and geographic backgrounds by providing scholarship auditions and educational and performance opportunities, and by serving as the global network of dance, connecting students, teachers, schools, dancers, dance companies, and audiences.

Looking ahead on Thursday, April 16, 2015, YAGP’s Gala will take place at David H. Koch Theater in New York City, YAGP’s “Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow” Gala features performances by leading dancers from the most prominent companies. 2015 Gala chairs will include Amy Astley, Jill Kargeman, and Indre Rockefeller.

For more information about the ticketed Gala Dinner, contact: Erin Arbuckle, Development Manager at 646.791.9500or














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