Magazine article Dance Magazine

Ballet, Modern Competitions Get Added Starters

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Ballet, Modern Competitions Get Added Starters

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Young dancers can look forward to some new competition opportunities this year: The recently established Youth America Grand Prix is holding regional competitions this winter, culminating in the Grand Finale April 7-9 in New York City. And the National Society of Arts and Letters National Career Awards Competition, held May 18-20 in Chicago, offers a once-in-five-years opportunity for ballet students, since the annual Career Awards Competition rotates among all arts disciplines.

Youth America is designed to be a stepping stone between the dance school and the international competitions at Lausanne, Jackson, and New York City, say its founders, Bolshoi-trained dancers Larisa and Gennadi Saveliev. Regional competitions will be held February 19-20 in Boca Raton, Florida, and February 26-27 in Washington, D.C. Junior division contestants should be ages 12-14, seniors ages 15-19, and American citizenship is not a prereqisite. Performance categories are divided into ballet (classical, contemporary, pas de deux, or character) and contemporary dance (modern, lyrical, and jazz). All competitors are required to register for workshops, which are also open to noncompetitors, including students under 12.

Youth America offers opportunities to take class with dance luminaries including Kevin McKenzie, artistic director of American Ballet Theater, and Anna-Marie Holmes, artistic director of the Boston Ballet. The first prize, to be awarded by McKenzie, is a contract with ABT II. Summer study and full-year scholarships to the Boston Ballet School, the Ailey School, the Joffrey School, and elsewhere will be awarded at the Grand Finale. …

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