364 Ballet Dancers to Audition for Youth America Grand Prix Regional Semi-Finals

Three hundred and sixty three ballet dancers - ages 9 to 19 - from the Philadelphia area will be auditioning for the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) regional semi-finals. Throughout the weekend, the students will attend workshops, competitions, and dance classes. Selected competitors will continue on to the finals in New York City in April. YAGP awards more than $250,000 a year in scholarships to send young dancers to leading schools and dance companies to continue their training. Past winners have gone on to join American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, among others! The international semi-finals have just concluded in Brazil, Korea, China, Australia, Japan, Mexico, France and Spain. This year's regionals will come to 22 cities across America including Los Angeles, Denver, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, Tampa, Chicago, Dallas, Boston and Atlanta. A full list can be found at www.YAGP.org.

William Penn Charter School, Kurtz Center for the Performing Arts, 3000 West School House Lane Philadelphia, PA 19144

Hundreds of Philadelphia's most talented children competing for judges that include Charles Askegard, Sascha Radetsky, Wendy Perron, Igal Perry, Franco Devita, John Selya, Matthew Dibble and Gennadi Saveliev.

Thursday January 4, 2018 from 6:15pm - 10pm

Friday January 5, 2018 from 11:30am - 9:45pm

Saturday January 6, 2018 from 9:45am - 8:15pm, Awards ceremony 9pm - 10pm

A full schedule can be found here:

http://yagp.org/misc/Downloads/2018/YAGP%202018%20PHILADELPHIA,%20PA,%20TIMELINE.pdf

YAGP is the largest global network of dance and fulfills its mission of dance education through scholarship auditions, master classes, alumni services, educational and outreach activities, performances, and films. The organization has provided opportunities to 70,000 dancers worldwide to participate in international workshops and auditions, earning gifted young talent more than $3 million in scholarships awarded by leading dance schools around the globe. Today, more than 7,000 young dancers - ages 9 to 19 - audition annually. 350 Youth America Grand Prix alumni are now dancing with some 80 companies around the world.

The organization was founded by Larissa Saveliev, who trained at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow and toured throughout the world, before defecting to the United States in 1995. Ms. Saveliev stages classical ballet productions around the country.

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