YoungArts Selects 2018 Young Dancers To Watch
It's that time of year, and the National YoungArts Foundation is proud to introduce the 2018 dancers to watch. On Wednesday, January 10, 18 up-and-coming dancers and 3 choreographers performed at New World Center in Miami as part of National YoungArts Week. These extraordinarily talented artists have been named 2018 YoungArts Finalists - one of the nation's most prestigious awards for 15 to 18 years old.
YoungArts dance alumni have gone on to tour the world and are renowned artists such as Camille A. Brown, Sarah Lamb, Sarah Lane, Gillian Murphy, Philip Neal, Desmond Richardson, Mathew Rushing and Cassandra Trenary, to name a few.
2018 Standout Performances included:
· Margarita Armas from Fort Lauderdale, FL (Ballet)
· Jaden Barba from Temecula, CA (Jazz)
· Aaron Choate from Lexington, KY (Modern/Contemporary)
· Sofia Gonzales from Miami, FL (Choreography)
· Harrison Knostman from Fort Collins, CO (Modern/Contemporary)<
· Elijah Mohammad from Miami, FL (Hip Hop)
· Luke Romanzi from New York, NY (Choreography)
· Olufunmilayo Sofola from Carnation, WA (Tap)
· Akhilesh Vadari from Sammaish, WA (Classical Indian)
· Luke Westerman from Houston, TX (Ballet)
Throughout YoungArts Week (Jan 7 - 14) these 21 dance finalists will learn from master teachers including renowned choreographer John Jasperse, Cuban-American dancer Rosie Herrera, Brooklyn based choreographer Nora Chipaumire, respected choreographer Kyle Abraham, and celebrated dancer Vernon Scott.
Please do be in touch for additional information or to request to speak with any of the participants or YoungArts leadership.
Full performance details can be found here:
A complete list of the 2018 winners is available here: