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This year's participants have been announced:

Monday, April 21, 2008

International ballet superstars Polina Semionova and Roberto Bolle will lead an international all-star cast in "Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow," Youth America Grand Prix's annually sold-out Closing Night Gala. This spectacular Gala evening will feature the finalists of YAGP international ballet competition and:

Roberto Bolle (La Scala Ballet)

Fabrice Calmels (Joffrey Ballet)

David Hallberg (American Ballet Theatre)

Blaine Hoven (American Ballet Theatre)

Drew Jacoby

Maria Kowroski (New York City Ballet)

Philip Neal (New York City Ballet)

Rubinald Pronk (Dutch National Ballet)

Natalia Osipova (Bolshoi Ballet)

Polina Semionova (Berlin State Opera Ballet) NY Debut

Sarawanee Tanatanit (American Ballet Theatre)

Mizuka Ueno (Tokyo Ballet) NY Debut

Ivan Vasiliev (Bolshoi Ballet) NY Debut

Wendy Whelan (New York City Ballet)

Jin Yao (Hong Kong Ballet) NY Debut

Huang Zhen (Hong Kong Ballet) NY Debut

Company Members of MOMIX

“The highlight of the season!” said Clive Barnes of The New York Post. “No ballet fan should miss it!” proclaimed WQXR, The New York Times radio.

Don't miss this unique chance to see the future of ballet and the New York debuts of Polina Semionova, Mizuka Ueno, Ivan Vasiliev, Jin Yao, and Huang Zhen; a rare New York appearance of Roberto Bolle; New York’s favorite dancers - David Hallberg, Maria Kowroski, Philip Neal and Wendy Whelan; and a world premiere by Marcelo Gomes.

TICKETS: $150, $100, $75, $45

Visit www.citycenter.org or call CityTix at 212.581.1212

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Mizuka Ueno of Tokyo Ballet is an out-of-this-world beauty -- perfect line, gorgeous high-arched feet, a face to die for & decent technique -- who has received little attention outside of Japan, where she is a superstar beyond ballet. She alone will be worth the price of a ticket to the gala, IMO.

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Dear Colleagues,

At this time, we would like to post the YAGP 2008 Gala program for your review. We hope to see you at the show.

Please note that, as with all dance events, the program is subject to change if any unexpected circumstances arise.

With warmest regards,



Monday, April 21, 2008 at 7:00pm

New York City Center


Winners of Youth America Grand Prix 2008 international student ballet and contemporary dance competition

"Grand Defilé"

(piece d'occasion, featuring all YAGP participants)

Choreography: Carlos dos Santos,Jr

Music: Peter Tchaikovsky


Jin Yao, Huang Zhen

(Hong Kong Ballet)

"Grand Pas Classique"

Choreography: Daniel Auber

Music: Victor Gsovsky

Sarawanee Tanatanit, Blaine Hoven

(American Ballet Theatre)


Choreography: Marcelo Gomes – CHOREOGRAPHIC DEBUT

Music: Batucada Brasileira

Hee Seo (American Ballet Theatre),

Ivan Ortega (Stuttgart Ballet)

"Godspeed" – NY Debut

Choreography: Goyo Montero

Music: Black Emperor

Natalia Osipova, Ivan Vasiliev

(Bolshoi Ballet)

"Flames of Paris" Pas de Deux

Choreography: Marius Petipa

Music: Ludwig Minkus

Drew Jacoby, Rubinald Pronk

(Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company)


Choreography: Adam Hougland

Music: Schlagwerk Nordwest Percussion Ensemble

Wendy Whelan, Philip Neal

(New York City Ballet)


Choreography: George Balanchine

Music: Christoph Willibald Gluck

© The George Balanchine Trust

Nicole Loizides, Steven Marshall


"Millennium Skiva"

Choreography: Moses Pendleton and Company

Music: Brainbug

Polina Semionova (Berlin State Opera Ballet), Roberto Bolle (La Scala Ballet)


Choreography: Roland Petit

Music: George Bizet

Mizuka Ueno (Tokyo Ballet),

Jose Manuel Carreno, David Hallberg (American Ballet Theatre)

"Le Corsaire" Pas de Trois

Choreography: Marius Petipa

Music: Richard Drigo

Program subject to change.

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