YAGP’s 25th anniversary will be begin with a New York City bang as the 2023 Stars of Today Meets the Stars of Tomorrow Gala returns to the Big Apple for the first time since the pandemic.
Youth American Grand Prix, the world’s largest ballet scholarship competition, begins their silver year celebration on April 11 at Alice Tully Hall with a performance featuring some of the biggest names in the ballet world along with some who we will surely hear more of in the future.
Winners of the YAGP 2023 season will share the Lincoln Center stage with:
- Constantine Allen*, Dutch National Ballet
- Evelina Godunova, Berlin State Ballet – NY DEBUT
- Michaela Mabinty DePrince*, Boston Ballet
- Jun Masuda*, Tulsa Ballet
- Roman Mejia, New York City Ballet
- Chloe Misseldine*, American Ballet Theatre
- Claudia Mota, Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro
- Tiler Peck, New York City Ballet
- Christine Shevchenko*, American Ballet Theatre
- Jacopo Tissi, La Scala Ballet – NY DEBUT
- Shale Wagman*, Bavarian State Ballet – NY DEBUT
The stars of tomorrow will dance classical and contemporary works in front of top ballet school directors and company leaders in the hopes of receiving scholarships and job opportunities.
Eighteen dancers from The YAGP International Contemporary Dance Ensemble (ICE) – made up of 35 dancers from 15 countries – will perform excerpts from Sharon Eyal’s OCD Love and Ohad Naharin’s Decadance.
YAGP's 25th Anniversary Season Gala Program
- The World Premiere of Reflective Response #1, choregraphed by My’Kal Stromile and danced by Michaela Mabinty DePrince will be accompanied by the piece is 15-year-old prodigy singer Paloma Dineli Chesky and Grammy Award-nominated pianist David Chesky, performing live.
- Jacopo Tissi will dance the U.S. Premiere of a solo excerpt from the ballet, The Ninth Wave, choreographed by Bryan Arias.
- Tissi will also dance Le Corsaire Act II pas de deux with Christine Shevchenko.
- Jun Masuda and Shale Wagman will dance the U.S. Premiere of Hungarian Dances.
- Wagman will join Evelina Godunova for a pas de deux from Flames of Paris.
- Tiler Peck and Roman Mejia will perform a pas de deux from George Balanchine’s Tarantella
- Constantine Allen will perform 5 Tango’s choreographed by the legendary Hans van Manen.
- Chloe Misseldine will perform William Tell.
- Claudia Mota and Allen will perform the iconic pas de deux from Le Parc by Angelin Prejlocaj.
Featured Photo for YAGP’s 25th Anniversary Season Gala of Jacopo Tissi. Photo by Denis Gladkov, courtesy of YAGP.
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