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David K Koch Theater
Lincoln Center
April 16, 2015

Written by Wendy R. Williams

Photo Credits:
Sean Zanni and Owen Hoffman Patrick McMullan Company

Written by Wendy R Williams

Opposite Photo: Jean Shafiroff, B Michael and Karine Plantadit


The stars were out the night of April 16, 2015 when the Youth America Grand Prix presented its annual "Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow” Gala, at the David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center. Famed jeweler Bulgari was the sponsor of the event which featured the finalists of YAGP's annual scholarship auditions in the first act and today's ballet stars in the second.

The audience was filled with "gala goers" decked in their finest for the after performance celebration dinner plus huge numbers of young dancers who were there to see their contemporaries perform. And perform they did. The YAGP winners are highly trained but they were obviously born with amazing talents. They were a joy to watch.

Of particular note in the first act was eleven-year-old Brazilian dancer Antonio Casalinho's amazing variation from "Don Quixote," which opened the show and primed the audience to be dazzled. Another stunning performance was the Morning Star Dance Academy of Atlanta's Chinese fan dance,a fluid mosaic of green and pink. Theophilus Pilette and Juliette Bosco's exquisite pas de deux from "Grand Pas Classique" was greeted with cheers from the audience.

Julie Kent and Jared Angle emceed the program. The program for the second act featured 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."

Hailey Baldwin, Amy Astley, Bella Thorne and Hamish Bowles

Woody Allen and Soon-Yi Previn

From the Jonathan Marder + Associates Press Release:

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.

Guests enjoyed a menu of chilled asparagus soup with columns of avocado, tomato, hearts of palm and brioche toast, followed by an entrée of chianti-braised short ribs, polenta, poached figs and shallots gastrique. Dessert was a delicious chocolate santo, which included chocolate cake, milk chocolate custard & dark chocolate glaze.

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.

YAGP’s 2015 season is sponsored by Aleksandra/Russian Pointe, Bloch, Capezio, Dance Europe, Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher Magazine, Dance Spirit Magazine, Discount Dance-Supply, Grishko, Harlequin, Konica Minolta, Pointe Magazine, The Quin, Sansha, and Sylvia Co.















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