Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) is the world’s largest global network of dance – and the world’s biggest scholarship audition, celebrating its 20th Anniversary Season in 2019.
YAGP fulfills its mission of ensuring the future of dance through scholarship auditions, master classes, alumni services, educational and outreach activities, performances, and films. Each year YAGP travels the globe searching for talented young dancers. The season culminates in the week-long NYC Finals, where more than 1,200 of the most promising young artists receive in-depth mentoring and greater scholarship, professional, and performance opportunities. Wednesday, April 17 is the FINAL ROUND of the international ballet scholarship competition. Thursday, April 18 and Friday, April 19 the YAGP 20th ANNIVERSARY GALA, “Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow,” features the stars of today’s leading dance companies alongside the winners of the international ballet competition. This year, Principal Dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet, Olga Smirnova, will lead an all-star cast for the special 20th Anniversary edition of the YAGP Gala.
YAGP will also present the first-ever INTERNATIONAL DANCE SCHOOL FESTIVAL on April 20, 2019 featuring dancers from the world's leading international dance academies.
Schedule of Events:
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - THE FINAL ROUND
Antonio Casalinho, performing in the Final Round at YAGP 2018 NYC Finals. Photo by VAM/Visual Arts Masters.
Thursday, April 18 & Friday, April 19, 2019
YAGP 20TH ANNIVERSARY GALA
Olga Smirnova, Prima Ballerina of the Bolshoi Ballet, will lead an all-star cast at the YAGP 20th Anniversary Gala. Photo by Alisa Aslanova.
Saturday, April 20, 2019 - INTERNATIONAL DANCE SCHOOL FESTIVAL
Tarantella, Choreography by George Balanchine (c) The George Balanchine Trust, featuring YAGP alumni Melvin Lawovi and Kanon Kimura (currently performing with ABT Studio Company). Photo by Kyle Froman.