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April 27, 2016 at 7:00pm – Final Round of the international ballet scholarship audition 
April 28, 2016 at 7:00pm – YAGP 2016 Gala, “Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow” 

Featuring performances by:  ■  GILLIAN MURPHY, STELLA ABRERA (American Ballet Theatre) ■  EKATERINA KRYSANOVA, ARTEM OVCHARENKO (Bolshoi Ballet) ■  MICHAELA DEPRINCE* & EDO WIJNEN* (Dutch National Ballet) ■  KRISTINA SHAPRAN & XANDER PARISH (Mariinsky Ballet) ■  TILER PECK & ROBBIE FAIRCHILD (New York City Ballet) ■  HANNAH O’NEILL* & HUGO MARCHAND (Paris Opera Ballet) ■  DANIEL CAMARGO* (Stuttgart Ballet)  * Indicates YAGP alumni  

The World’s largest student ballet scholarship audition - YOUTH AMERICA GRAND PRIX – will hold its annual Finals Week in New York City, with the Final Round performances by the top finalists on April 27, 2016, and the critically-acclaimed “Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow” Gala on April 28, 2016. After a several-year residency at Lincoln Center, the Final Round and the Gala will, for the first time, be held in Brooklyn at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House. 

THE FINAL ROUND (April 27, 2016 at 7pm) – over 8,000 talented young dance students auditioned this season at semi-final rounds conducted by YAGP around the globe; and more than 1,000 finalists from 35 countries will gather in New York in April to audition for scholarships and contracts with the world’s leading international dance schools and companies. The most promising Junior (12-14 y.o.) and Senior (15-19 y.o.) dancers will perform in the FINAL ROUND before the winners are chosen. Tickets were   $55-$75 and available at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House box office and at, or by phone at (718) 636-4100.  

YAGP 2016 GALA, “STARS OF TODAY MEET THE STARS OF TOMORROW” (April 28, 2016 at 7pm) - The annually sold-out YAGP Gala features talented young finalists of YAGP 2016 season performing alongside international ballet stars. This year’s all-star cast featured a new generation of stars from many major ballet company, including many YAGP alumni.  Michaela DePrince and Edo Wijnen of Dutch National Ballet, both YAGP alumni, will make their NYC Debut as part of the renowned company. Newly promoted Paris Opera Ballet Premier Dancer and YAGP Alumna, Hannah O’Neill, will also make her New York Professional Debut, performing a Pas de Deux from “La Esmeralda” with Hugo Marchand. Stuttgart Ballet Principal Dancer and YAGP alum Daniel Camargo will make his New York Professional Debut with Pas de Deux “Diana and Acteon,” performing with Gillian Murphy from American Ballet Theatre. Camargo will also perform a US Premiere “Fire Breather” by YAGP 2016 Emerging Choreographer Katarzyna Kozielska (Stuttgart Ballet) The rising stars of Mariinsky Ballet, Kristina Shapran and Xander Parish, will perform a duet from “Romeo and Juliet” by Leonid Lavrovsky – the original Soviet choreography rarely seen in the United States. Bolshoi Ballet stars Ekaterina Krysanova and Artem Ovcharenko, who recently portrayed Rudolph Nureyev in a BBC documentary “Leap to Freedom” to high critical acclaim, will perform a duet from “Marco Spada.” and a performance from Christopher Wheeldon’s “Carousel” by Tiler Peck and Robbie Fairchild from the New York City Ballet. American Ballet Theatre Principal, Stella Abrera, will perform in a World Premiere multidisciplinary piece, “Invocation” with freestyle parkour artists, choreographed by Josie Walsh. The evening will also feature a multimedia performance by dance group “Blue Journey.” Program is subject to change. TICKETS:  $55 - $150, available at the BAM - Howard Gilman Opera House box office, at, or by phone, (718) 636-4100. PATRON TICKETS AND TABLES include prime performance seats at $1,000, $1,500, $2,500 and the postperformance dinner reception with the artists; Corporate and Artistic Sponsorship packages are available.

Angel Corella and Irina Dvorovenko hosted Youth America Grand Prix's Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow gala on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House. The evening featured YAGP’s talented student finalists (stars of tomorrow), from over 30 countries, preforming alongside the worlds most prominent ballerinas (stars of today) including Michaela DePrince (Dutch National Ballet), who recently starred in Beyonce's Lemonade HBO special, and Edo Wijnen (Dutch National Ballet), Stella Abrera (ABT), Artem Ovcharenko and Ekaterina Krysanova (Bolshoi Ballet), Hannah O'Neill and Hugo Marchand (Paris Opera Ballet), Daniel Camargo (Stuttgart Ballet) and Sarah Lane (ABT), Rachel Kivlighan and Nick Mishoe (Orlando Ballet), and Daniel Ulbricht (NYC Ballet).

Following the gala performance, guests were invited to a festive dinner and dancing reception at Skylight One Hanson. The benefit Chairs were Suzanne Dance, Christina Lyon, Dr. Shirley Madhère-Weil, and B Michael.

Guests included Teen Vogue's Amy Astley (the evening’s Honorary Chair), Cheryl Bergenfeld, Gary & Barbara Brandt, Saundra Cornwell, Linda Fell, Sergei Filin, Michele Gerber Klein, Danielle Hirsch, Judith M. Hoffman, Master Adrien Hohenberg and Mrs. Rosalind Hohenberg, Karen LeFrak, Allen & Margot London, Christina Lyon, Tara Milne, Irene Minkoff, Linda K. Morse (YAGP Chair), Richard Osterweil, Karine Plantadit, Elizabeth Papadopoulos, Howard Paley, Ben Rodriguez-Cubenas, Calvin Royal III (ABT), Suzanne Saperstein, Larissa Saveliev (YAGP Founder), Elizabeth Segerstrom, Hee Seo (ABT), John Sills, Gabe Stone Shayer (ABT), Irene Shen, and Katie Williams (ABT).
A dance circle broke out where board members and dancers alike danced into the early morning hours.

YOUTH AMERICA GRAND PRIX (YAGP) is the world’s largest global dance network, connecting dance students, teachers, schools, companies, choreographers, dancers, audiences and presenting organizations. YAGP annually awards more than $350,000 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, Mariinsky Ballet and many others.

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