The international student ballet competition "Youth America Grand Prix" (YAGP) was started by two former dancers of the Bolshoi Ballet in the year 2000. Larissa and Gennadi Saveliev developed the only student ballet competition in America that awards scholarships to the most prestigious dance schools in the U.S. and abroad. YAGP prides itself in providing students exposure to renowned teachers and outstanding educational opportunities. Judges are selected from the most prominent schools and critique each student’s performance using a detailed scoring system, which provides valuable feedback for each student.
In 2012 ASCB dancers Karina Cardella, Hannah Potter, Kenta Taniguchi and Megan Whitley won THIRD PLACE in the Ensembles category. ASCB students Hannah Potter, Senior Group and Nina Leonard, Pre-Competitive group were in Top 12 winners in Classical Category in 2013 YAGP Semi-Final. Isabella Padilla, Pre-Competitive group was in Top 12 winners in Classical and Contemporary Categories in 2015 YAGP Semi-Final. Kylee Haddock, Pre-Competitive group, won SECOND PLACE in the Classical Category and was Top 12 winner in the Contemporary Categories in 2016 Semi-Final.
If you are interested in your child’s participation in this program please note: Minimum age requirement is nine. Your child’s participation must be approved by School Director. There is a lot of time and financial commitment is required. Details are included in YAGP Packet. In 2018 ASCB dancers Ashlyn Graddy, Sierra Wagner, Julianna Panossian, and Natalia Cardona became New York City finalists. Kendall Wheeler won 1st place in the senior classical category and place top 12 in the contemporary category at the Phoenix Semi-Finals and became a New York City finalist.