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Ballerina Assoluta:
Gala Tribute Honoring the Legendary Natalia Makarova
Saturday April 28, 2012
The David H. Koch Theater
Lincoln Center


Opposite Photo:
Dancer/Actress Karinne Plantadit
Photo Credit: Liza Voll

Natalia Makarova
Photo Credit: Lisa Voll

On Saturday, April 28, 2012, the Youth America Grand Prix celebrated a year of worldwide scholarship competition by hosting a Lincoln Center "homecoming" honoring the incomparable ballerina Natalia Makarova. Ms. Makarova narrated the evening through filmed interviews mixed with performance clips from her famous "ballets." Ms. Makarova created beautiful memories in the minds of all who saw her romantic lyrical performances. Her body of work, including both traditional ballets like "Giselle" and also modern pieces like Mauro Bigonzetti's haunting "Serenata," were performed by today's top dancers including Marcelo Gomes (American Ballet Theatre), Natalia Osipova (American Ballet Theatre/Mikhailovsky Theatre St. Petersburg), Sergei Polunin (formally of The Royal Ballet), Tamara Rojo (The Royal Ballet), Yuan Yuan Tan (San Francisco Ballet), Ivan Vasiliev (American Ballet Theatre/Mikhailovsky Theatre St. Petersburg) and Diana Vishneva (American Ballet Theatre/Mariinsky Ballet).

Yuan Yuan Tan and Friedemann Vogel
“White Swan Pas de Deux” from “Swan Lake”
Photo Credit: Liza Voll

A buffet reception catered by Brasserie Pushkin followed in the David H. Koch Theater Promenade. Russian delicacies were served as we celebrated the evening's performance. The necessary vodka for the festivities (this WAS a Russian celebration) was supplied by Russian Standard Vodka.

Click here for more information about the evening. Also, scroll down for party photographs and more information about Ms. Makarova and the Youth America Grand Prix.

Marcello Gomes, Evan Todd &
Scott Schlexer
Photo Credit: Liza Voll
Beverly D'Anne
Photo Credit: Liza Voll

Hamish Bowles, Deeda Blair & Frederico D. Francisco
Photo Credit: Liza Voll

Rick Freedberg, Francine LeFrak, Linda Morse & Ed Morse
Photo Credit: Liza Voll

Here is a short biography of Ms. Makarova from the press release from Jonathan Marder + Associates:

Natalia Makarova entered Leningrad’s Vaganova School at 13. After graduating, she joined the Kirov Ballet, rising to international prominence when she danced Giselle in London. This became one of her signature roles. On September 4, 1970, while on tour in London with the Kirov, Makarova requested asylum in Britain. She began her new career by joining the American Ballet Theatre. Her long association with The Royal Ballet began in 1972. She has appeared as a guest artist with major ballet companies throughout the world. In 1980, Makarova staged and directed the full-length production of "La Bayadere," making American Ballet Theatre the first Western company to acquire this work. She has staged her production of "La Bayadere" for numerous companies around the world as well as productions of "Giselle," "Sleeping Beauty," "Swan Lake" and a one-act version of "Paquita."

Here is a paragraph about the Youth America Grand Prix from the press release by Jonathan Marder + Associates:

YOUTH AMERICA GRAND PRIX (YAGP) is America’s first and the world’s largest student ballet scholarship competition. Conducted through annual regional competitions throughout the U.S and abroad, YAGP is a global network of opportunity connecting dancers, teachers, schools, and companies all over the globe. Each year, YAGP culminates with a Final Round in New York City and a Gala performance. Founded in 1999 by former Bolshoi Ballet Dancers, Larissa and Gennadi Saveliev, 25,000 young dancers have participated in YAGP worldwide competitions and workshops, over 2 million dollars have been awarded in scholarships to leading dance schools, and over 250 YAGP alumni are now dancing with 50 companies, including American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg, and many others. For more information, visit

The Evening's Program:


Pas de Deux from The Nutcracker
Choreography: John Neumeier
Performed by: Hélène Bouchet and Thiago Bordin (The Hamburg Ballet)

White Swan Pas de Deux from Swan Lake
Choreography: Marius Petipa
Music: Peter Tchaikovsky
Performed by: Yuan Yuan Tan and Damian Smith (San Francisco Ballet)

Solo TBA
Performed by: Sergei Polunin (YAGP alum, The Royal Ballet)

Pas de Deux from Month in the Country
Choreography: Sir Frederick Ashton
Music: Frederic Chopin
Performed by: Tamara Rojo and Federico Bonelli (The Royal Ballet)

Choreography: Mauro Bigonzetti
Music: Amerigo Chiervo
Performed by: Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev (American Ballet Theatre/Mikhailovsky Theatre St. Petersburg)

Black Swan Pas de Deux from Swan Lake
Choreography: Marius Petipa
Music: Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Performed by: Ekaterina Kondaurova (Mariinsky Ballet) and Matthew Golding (Dutch National Ballet, YAGP alum)

Bedroom Pas de Deux from Manon
Choreography: Sir Kenneth MacMillan
Music: Jules Massenet
Performed by: Diana Vishneva (American Ballet Theatre/ Mariinsky Ballet) and Marcelo Gomes (American Ballet Theatre)
Pas de Deux from Giselle
Choreography: Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot
Music: Adolphe Adam
Performed by: Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev American Ballet (Theatre/Mikhailovsky Theatre St. Petersburg)

Other Dances
Choreography: Jerome Robbins
Music: Frederic Chopin
Performed by: Ashley Bouder (New York City Ballet)
Slaughter on Tenth Avenue
Choreography: George Balanchine
Music: Richard Rodgers
Performed by: Maria Kowroski and Tyler Angle (New York City Ballet)

Mirror Pas de Deux from Onegin
Choreography: John Cranko
Performed by: Friedemann Vogel and Alicia Amatriain (Stuttgart Ballet)

Pas d’ Action from La Bayadere
Choreography: Marius Petipa
Music: Ludwig Minkus
Performed by Gillian Murphy (American Ballet Theater) and Denis Matvienko (Mariinsky Ballet)












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