Youth America Grand Prix
World’s Largest Ballet Scholarship
Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow
Returns to New York City
Constantine Allen*, Dutch National Ballet
Evelina Godunova, Berlin State Ballet - NY DEBUT
Michaela Mabinty DePrince*,
Jun Masuda*, Tulsa Ballet
Roman Mejia, New York City Ballet
Chloe Misseldine*, American Ballet Theatre
Claudia Mota, Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro
Tiler Peck, New York City Ballet
Christine Shevchenko*, American Ballet Theatre
Jacopo Tissi, La Scala
Ballet - NY DEBUT
Shale Wagman*, Bavarian State Ballet - NY DEBUT
And the winners of YAGP 2023 Season
* Indicates YAGP alumni
Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York
Tuesday, April 11, 2023 at 7pm
NEW YORK, NY (February 2023) -
The world’s largest student ballet scholarship competition -
YOUTH AMERICA GRAND PRIX (YAGP) – returns to Lincoln
Center, New York City for the first time since before the
covid pandemic to host its 2023 Stars of Today Meets
the Stars of Tomorrow Gala.
The Gala kicks off YAGP’s 25th Anniversary season, with a
program that features the World Premiere of
Reflective Response #1, danced by Michaela Mabinty
by My’Kal Stromile, both from Boston Ballet.
Accompanying the piece is 15-year-old prodigy singer
Paloma Dineli Chesky and Grammy Award-nominated pianist
David Chesky, performing live. In his New York debut,
Jacopo Tissi (La Scala Ballet) will dance the
U.S. Premiere of a solo excerpt from the ballet, The
Ninth Wave, choreographed by Bryan Arias. Tissi
will also dance Le Corsaire Act II pas de deux with
Christine Shevchenko* (American Ballet Theatre).
Jun Masuda* (Tulsa Ballet) and Shale
Wagman* (Bavarian State Ballet, New York debut),
will dance the U.S. Premiere of Hungarian
Dances, and Wagman will join Evelina Godunova (Berlin
State Ballet, New York debut) for a pas de deux from
Flames of Paris. Tiler Peck (New York City
Ballet) and Roman Mejia (New York City
Ballet) will perform a pas de deux from George
Balanchine’s Tarantella, Constantine Allen*
(Dutch National Ballet) will perform 5 Tango’s
choreographed by the legendary Hans van Manen,
and Chloe Misseldine* (American Ballet Theatre)
will perform William Tell. Claudia Mota and
Allen will perform the iconic pas de deux from Le Parc
by Angelin Prejlocaj.
Israeli choreographers, Ohad Naharin and Sharon
Eyal, will present rarely seen works performed by YAGP
International Contemporary Dance Ensemble (ICE), made up of
35 dancers, spanning 15 countries. Dancers from around the
world auditioned for ICE, then flew to Israel in December
2022 to rehearse with the ballet masters. 18 dancers from
the ensemble will perform excerpts from OCD Love and
Decadance at the Gala.
Sharing a stage with these ballet superstars are YAGP’s 2023
competition winners (stars of tomorrow), dancing
contemporary and classical ballet favorites. These talented
young dancers (ages 9 - 19) will dance in front of top
ballet school directors and company heads in hopes of
scholarships and job opportunities.
18 year-old Yeva Hrytsak will dance the Lilac
Fairy Variation from Sleeping Beauty. Hrytsak is
from Ukraine and now trains with American Ballet Theatre JKO
School, made possible by a generous grant from the Howard G.
Buffet Foundation to support YAGP’s Ukraine relief efforts.
When the war on Ukraine began, YAGP worked quickly to
relocate dance students from Ukraine and place them in YAGP
partner schools in Europe and the United States to safely
continue their dance training. To date, YAGP’s Ukraine
Relief campaign has put over 200 dancers on a path to a
professional career in dance. For more information, see
YAGP’s Founder Larissa Saveliev on
CBS 60 Minutes.
Proceeds from the Gala benefit YAGP’s Ukraine efforts as
well as dance scholarships and education.
Tickets start at $75 and can be purchased at:
About Youth America Grand Prix
Youth America Grand Prix is the largest global network of
dance. YAGP fulfills its mission of dance education through
scholarship auditions, master classes, alumni services,
performances, and education. For the past 24 years, over
$4.5 million has been awarded in scholarships to the world’s
leading dance schools, with up to $500,000 now awarded
annually. Since YAGP’s founding in 1999, over 200,000 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.
Today, more than 12,000 young dancers audition annually.
More than 450 Youth America Grand Prix alumni are now
dancing with 80 professional companies around the world,
including American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, San
Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Paris
Opera Ballet, The Royal Ballet (UK), Mariinsky Ballet and
many others. Over 100 of these alumni are soloists and
principal dancers. Larissa Saveliev founded Youth America
Grand Prix (YAGP) after training and touring with the
Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, before moving to the
United States in the early 90's.
Youth America Grand Prix’s Stars of Today Meet the Stars
of Tomorrow Gala one-night-only performance is on
Tuesday, April 11, 2023, 7pm, at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln
Center, New York City.
Tickets start at $75 and can be purchased at: