Winners of the YAGP 2017

The list of the stunning winners of the YAGP 2017:
Photo, Madison Penney, in Esmeralda. Photo by VAM Productions, Courtesy of the YAGP

1. Academia Annarella, Portugal, Cuba Linda, Cuba Hermosa
2. The Rock School for Dance Education, USA, Black Veil
3. Yarita Yu Ballet Studio, Japan, Pace


HOPE AWARD: Brady Farrar, Stars Dance Studio
1. Yoojin Jang, Universal Ballet Academy, Korea
2. Emma Topalova, Pittsburgh Ballet House, USA
3. Ana Luiza Moraes Sartini, Ballet Vortice, Brasil

Contemporary Pas De Deux:
1. Master Ballet Academy, USA, No Regrets 
2. Ellison Ballet, USA, Le Manteau Rouge
The Rock Center for Dance, USA, Hopak Dity
(Misprint, originally, it was stated that it went to the Rock School for Dance Education, but it went to the Rock Center for Dance based out Las Vegas)

Pas De Deux Classical:
1. Master Ballet Academy/Academia Anarella (USA/PORTUGAL)
2. Liceul De Coregrafie Floria Capsali (Romania)
3. Tallinn Ballet School (Estonia)

Junior Men:
1. Takumi Miyake, Kondo Ballet, Japan
2. Lazaro Corrales, Independent, Canada
3. Darrion Sellman, Los Angeles Ballet Academy, USA

Junior Women:
GRAND PRIX WINNER, Madison Penney, Master Ballet Academy
1. Hanna Park, Sunhwa Arts Middle & High School, Korea
2. Viola Pantuso, Ellison Ballet, USA
3. Jordan Coutts, V and T Classical Ballet Academy, USA
3. Juliette Bosco, Independent, USA

Senior Men:
1. Taro Kurachi, Ellison, USA
2. Jun Young Yang, National University of Arts, Korea
3. Yuedong Sun, Secondary School of Bejing Dance Academy, P.R. of China

Senior Women:
1. Gloria Benaglia, Ellison Ballet, USA
2. Chloe Misseldine, Orlando Ballet School, USA
3. Lauren Hunter, Marat Daukayev School of Ballet, USA

Shelley King Award for Excellence:
Remie Madeleine Goins

Grishko Award:
Sophia Vance

The Oustanding Artistry Award:
Jan Spunda

Natalia Makarova Award:
Elisabeth Beyer

Outstanding School Award:
Academia Annarella

Intro to Summer Programs

The Guide to Summer Programs:

While Christmas is finally here, and Nutcracker is finally over… We now look at the bigger picture, and the next part of the season: SUMMER PROGRAMS!! With auditions literally starting next week, the stress is on. SO, here are some of the truths about summer programs:

  1. Summer programs are not a vacation.  While it might be fun to travel all over the US, the reality is that summer programs are designed for three purposes.
    1. The first is to get the maximum amount of training in while you aren’t in school. So, if you are looking at summer programs as a chance to catch up on technique, then audition away. Dancers drastically change at summer programs for the good and the bad.
    2. The second reason ballet companies host summer programs is to look at the work ethic of potential year round students. For those who are killing themselves dreaming of San Francisco Ballet, your best bet is to go there for the summer. Hopefully, you are around 14-16 with awesome technique. This way you can get asked to stay for the year, and hopefully make it into their trainee program.
    3. Finally, the third reasons companies host summer programs is because it is a huge money maker. If you don’t know the costs of a summer program, check out this post. Summer programs are a way to overflow a school, and make money. It isn’t a hidden fact that ballet companies aren’t doing well, so Summer Programs are a way to generate income to the school/company during the off season (January) and then again in the Summer months.
  1. Names don’t mean anything. While many prestigious schools boast awesome summer programs, it doesn’t mean it is the best training for you. You have to find the school that is right for you, and where you are at in your training. For example, you should not audition for SAB until you are completely sure you are as strong as you can be, technically. SAB is a finishing school, not a training school. If you are behind on your technique, CPYB is the best place to go and get your butt whooped for a month. If you are looking to broaden your horizons in ballet, LINES would be a great add to your resume. And for those of you who are looking for individual attention, go to a smaller program like Ballet West or Atlanta Ballet’s Summer Programs. If you are looking to work on turns, go to the Rock School for Education, and if you are looking to jump go to PNB.
  2. Have back up plans. Like any child applying for colleges, you have to have a plan. Everyone has their dream programs, but then pick others that you know you are going to get into, schools you might get a scholarship to, and schools that are affordable. Have options, because a lot of kids will hit two summer programs in a summer.
  3. How do you know you are ready for a summer program? You have to be mentally prepared because at a summer program the competition in the classroom is stiff. Everyone there is pushing for a year round spot and scholarship for the year. You will be hundreds or thousands of miles away from home, living in dorms, with a hundred other ballet dancers. While you make lifelong friendships, the reality is, they are also your competition. It is easy to become friends, but it is easier to become jealous and get inside your own head, sabotaging your chances of staying for the year. If you are at a smaller school, and you are the best one at your studio, this would be a great growing opportunity.
  4. Finally, use summer programs to see if this is what you really want to do with your life. Summer programs are a great stepping stone to see whether or not you want to pursue ballet professionally. While it is rare for a dancer not to go to a summer program, a summer program is usually required as a bridge between professional schooling and a home studio. Another small step towards dancing Odette in Swan Lake.

You can go to any company’s website or school website to see if they are doing a national tour. The dates are already published. Audition fees will apply. If you don’t have the money, you can call the school registrar and possibly have the fee waived.