Youth America Grand Prix’s
(YAGP) 2014 Gala Chairs Stephanie Foster, Heather
Georges, and Kamie Lightburn held a cocktail reception
and conversation on November 4, 2013 to announce
their plans for the Youth America Grand Prix 2014
Gala. The reception was held at a private residence
on Park Avenue.
Kamie Lightburn, Mark
Gilbertson, Stephanie Forster and Heather Georges
All three returning chairs of the 2013 YAGP Gala,
introduced an additional chair to this year’s
Gala, Christina Lyon, who lives in California.
Christina has a wonderful understanding of dance
and she is a former ABT dancer.
The guests of honor were current ABT dancers
Misty Copeland and Marcelo Gomes. Who spoke to
the guests about how they came to dance, their
biggest challenges, and their experiences with
The Fifteenth Anniversary YAGP Gala will be held
on April 10, 2014 at Lincoln Center. It will be
a very special evening featuring amazing performances
by world class dancers, including the premier
of a piece choreographed by Gemma Bond with an
original score by Karen LeFrak and costumes by
Ralph Rucci. In addition, Dancing with the Stars
superstar and Emmy award-winning choreographer,
Derek Hough has choreographed a ballroom piece
for Misty Copeland. As always, the top students
from the YAGP season will perform onstage alongside
these dance superstars.
Over 90 guests attend, they included: Mr. and
Mrs. Jonathan Adelson, Mr. and Mrs. Christopher
D. Allen, Ms. Peter E. Bacanovic, Ms. Paige Betz,
Matthew Bledsoe, Mrs. Barbara Brandt, Mr. Troy
and Perry Brown, Ms. Alyson Cafiero, Mr. and Mrs.
Bryan Carey, Ms. Misty Copeland, Mr. and Mrs.
Steven Curley, Mr. John Dalsheim, Mr. Franco De
Vita, Mr. David Dean, Ms. Linda Fell, Ms. Stephanie
Foster, Ms. Sarah Frank, Mr. Tom Gates, Mr. and
Mrs. Andrew Georges, Mr. and Mrs. Justin Gibbons,
Mr. Mark Gilbertson, Marcelo Gomes, Marjorie Reed
Gordon, Dr. Penny Grant, Sheila and Jodi Grant,
Ms. Diane Hipkins, Ms. Amy Hoadley, Ms. Judith
M. Hoffman, Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Hojlo, Mr.
and Mrs. Michael Kempner, Ms. Karen Klopp, Ms.
Ali Schley Landegger, Serena Lese, Mr. and Mrs.
Laurent Levasseur, Ms. Joey Lico, Ms. Kamie Lightburn,
Ms. Stephanie Loeffler, Mr. and Mrs. Ludwick,
Mr. Jack Lynch, Ms. Paige Boller Malik, Ms. Kelly
Mallon, Mr. and Mrs. Alberto Mariaca, Mr. William
Georgis and Mr. Richard Marshall, Ms. Linda K.
Morse, Ms. Kathleen Murtha, Mr. Ian Ng, Mr. Richard
Osterweil, Ms. Elizabeth Papadopoulus, Mr. and
Mrs. Brad Peck, Mr. Eoin Robinson, Mr. Cavin Royal
III (ABT), Mr. and Mrs. Eric Rudin, Ms. Katie
Ryser, Nancy Sambuco, Yolanda Santos, Mr. Larisa
Saveliev, Mr. Scott Schlexer, Mr. and Mrs. Martin
Shafiroff, Mr. John L. Sills, Esq., Kari and Carl
Tiedemann, and Ms. Evelyn Tompkins.
YAGP is the world’s largest student ballet
scholarship competition, awarding over $250,000
annually to leading dance schools worldwide. Since
being founded in 1999 by two former Bolshoi Ballet
dancers, Larissa and Gennadi Saveliev, YAGP has
awarded over $2 million in scholarships to the
leading dance schools worldwide. The competition
is conducted annually throughout the U.S. and
abroad (Brazil, Mexico, Japan, and Italy). YAGP
is the internet of the dance world, a global network
of opportunity connecting dancers, teachers, schools
and companies all over the globe. Over 25,000
dancers worldwide have participated in YAGP’s
international workshops, competitions, and audition
classes. Over 300 YAGP alumni are now dancing
with 50 companies around the world, including
American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet,
Paris Opera Ballet and San Francisco Ballet, among