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BAM will host ‘Olympic Trials of Ballet,’ world’s largest scholarship auditions

First Time in Brooklyn for YAGP: Youth America Grand Prix Gala

March 30, 2016 Special to the Brooklyn Eagle
The Olympics of ballet is coming to Brooklyn for the first time, to be held at BAM the week of April 28. Photo courtesy of YAGP

Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) will host in April the annual finals week of the world’s largest student ballet scholarship auditions. For the first time in Brooklyn, the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) will bring together the students and the ballet companies that will make them future stars, a full week of dance-off competitions that culminate in final round performances and a gala on April 28.

The final round of the international ballet scholarship auditions will take place on April 27 at 7 p.m., and the YAGP 2016 Gala, “Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow,” will be held on April 28 at 7 p.m.

Featured performances include: Gillian Murphy and Stella Abrera (American Ballet Theatre), Ekaterina Krysanova and Artem Ovcharenko (Bolshoi Ballet), Michaela DePrince and Edo Wijnen (Dutch National Ballet), Kristina Shapran and Xander Parish (Mariinsky Ballet), Hannah O’Neill and Hugo Marchand (Paris Opera Ballet), and Daniel Camargo (Stuttgart Ballet).

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More than 8,000 talented young dance students auditioned this season at semi­final rounds conducted by YAGP around the globe, and more than 1,000 finalists from 35 countries will gather in New York in April to audition for scholarships and contracts with the world’s leading international dance schools and companies. The most promising Junior and Senior dancers will perform in the final round before the winners are chosen.

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TICKETS: $55­$75, available at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House box office, at BAM.org/YAGP, or by phone at (718) 636­4100.

Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) is the world’s largest global dance network, connecting dance students, teachers, schools, companies, choreographers, dancers, audiences and presenting organizations. YAGP annually awards more than $350,000 in scholarships to the leading dance schools worldwide.

Since its founding in 1999, over 70,000 young dancers ages 9 to 19 of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds have participated in YAGP’s international workshops, audition classes, and dance awareness events. Gifted dancers have earned over $3 million in scholarships to the leading dance schools. More than 300 YAGP alumni currently dance with 80 companies around the world, including American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Mariinsky Ballet and many others. For more information, call (646) 465-5933 or visit YAGP.org.

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