Metropolitan Ballet Academy Student Dancers Score Honors at Youth America Grand Prix 2014
Metropolitan Ballet Academy (MBA) student dancers from the Philadelphia region garnered significant honors in the 2014 Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP), the world's largest international student ballet scholarship competition. Young dancers from the Jenkintown-based pre-professional ballet studio captured top awards at the Regional Semi-Finals held this winter in Philadelphia, PA and Providence, RI.
18 MBA students went on to compete in the YAGP New York City Finals, April 3-10, 2014 where finalists selected from semi-final rounds conducted all over the globe competed for more than $250,000 in scholarships to 30 of the world's leading dance schools, as well as job offers from companies in the U.S. and abroad.
In the Philadelphia Semi-Finals, MBA's Children's Mazurka from Paquita won First Place in the Ensembles Category, with choreography by Petipa, as staged by MBA Faculty Member Natalya Zeiger.
A second ensemble, Aloft, with choreography by Ashley Sass, placed in the top 12 Large Ensemble Category.
Soloist awards in the Philadelphia Semi-Final included Daniel Shevelev (14, Huntingdon Valley), who won Third Place in the Classical Dance Category, Junior Age Division; and Sierra Levin (17, Doylestown) who placed in the top 12 in the Contemporary Dance Category, Senior Age Division. In the Providence Semi-Finals, soloist awards included Devon DiBello (17, Rydal) who placed in the top 12 in the Classical Dance Category, Senior Age Division.
In the YAGP NYC Finals, a total of 18 young dancers (ages 9-17) performed, with the Children's Mazurka from Paquita placing in the top 12 Ensembles from around the globe. Both MBA soloists Mr. Shevelev and Ms. DiBello were presented with scholarship offers following their performances.
MBA students performing in NYC included Juan Castellanos (13, Philadelphia), Aiden Daly (9, Philadelphia), Eoin Daly (13, Philadelphia), Tyler Diggs (12, Holland), Jacey Gailliard (9, Philadelphia), Grace Garrett (10, Meadowbrook), Marguerite Gelfin (12, Wyncote), Hannah Henderson (13, Huntington Valley), Ekaterina Hulayev (9, Abington), Ksenia Hulayev (11, Abington), Christian Lavallie (14, Abington), Caroline McKenzie (11, Wyncote), Micah Sell (11, Philadelphia), Cecilia Steel (11, Elkins Park), Kieran Versaw-Barnes (13, Elkins Park), Charles-Henry Waché (11, Maple Glen).