Thursday, January 3, 2013

Welcome YAGP competitors this weekend!

It’s an exciting day as the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) regional competition kicks off today at the Straz Center.

YAGP is the world’s largest student ballet competition in which students compete for scholarships to the most prestigious ballet schools.

It’s the culmination of months of hard work as dancers compete to move on to the final competition in New York City in April.

The Tampa event is one of several regional competitions held around the country and internationally, with more than 5000 dancers competing.

This weekend's YAGP event includes a special gala performance of Ballet's Greatest Hits, a one-of-a-kind event featuring some of the world's top professional dancers. Presented by YAGP and the Straz Center, the gala will be Sat., Jan 5 at 8 p.m.

Congratulations to our Next Generation Ballet dancers competing this weekend!

Allenda Witzel, Autumn Kilby, Carlin Dixon, Chandler Hammond, Colin Fuller, Courtney Gunsteens, Emma Town, Ethan Fuller, Gabrielle Beach, Hannah Stanford, John Hewitt, Katarina Smith, Katherine Hodges, Kemper Cassada, Kennedy Falyn Cassada, Kevin Zong, Kyra McDonald, Landon Harris, Lenin Valladares, Lexa Armstrong, Michael Hill, Olivia Gusti, Sasha Alvarez, Tanner Bleck, Tessa Hartmann, Tyler Dowdy, Vanessa Hernandez, William Dugan, Corbin Panturad.

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