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The Youth America Grand Prix

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Larissa Saveliev is one of the founders of the Youth America Grand Prix. First Position Injuries Shake It Up! Every year, thousands of hopeful dancers enter one of the world’s most impressive ballet competitions, the Youth America Grand Prix, where lifelong dreams are at stake. In the final round, with hundreds competing for only a handful of elite scholarships and contracts, nothing short of perfection is acceptable. First Position follows 6 extraordinary as they prepare for the chance to enter the world of professional ballet, struggling through bloodied feet, near exhaustion, and unbearable injures. First Position paints a thrilling and moving portrait of the most gifted ballet stars of tomorrow. Directed by Bess Kargman, it features Michaela DePrince, Aran Bell, Miko Fogarty, Jules Fogarty, Joan Sebastian Zamora and Rebecca Houseknecht as they intensively train and prepare for what could be the turning point of their lives. Ballet Ballet is a type of performance dance that originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th century and later developed into a concert dance form in France and Russia. It had been globally influential and has defined the first techniques used in many other dance genres. Ballet may also refer to ballet dance work, which consists of the choreography and music for a ballet production. Stylistic variations have emerged and evolved since the Italian Renaissance. Some examples of early variations are Russian ballet, French ballet, and Italian ballet. Later variation include contemporary ballet and neoclassical ballet. Perhaps the most widely known and performed ballet is late Romantic ballet, which is classical style that focuses on female dancers and features pointe work, flowing and precise acrobatic movements, and often presents the female dancers in traditional, short white French tutus. Ballet dance works (ballets) are choreographed and performed by trained artists, and often performed with classical music. Modern ballets may include mime and acting, and are usually set to music. Ballet requires years of training to learn and master. It has been taught in ballet schools around the world. Ballet is the foundation of dance. Classical ballet is based on a traditional ballet technique. There are different styles of classical ballet that are related to the French ballet, Italian ballet, and Russian ballet. Contemporary ballet is a form of dance influenced by both classical ballet and modern dance. Many of its concepts come from the idea and improvements of the 20th century modern dance, including floor work and turn-in of the legs. This ballet style is often performed barefoot. Today, there are many contemporary and classical ballet companies and choreographers. “Swan Lake”and Sleeping Beauty” may be as tough opponents as the Supersonics or the Steelers. People trying to understand the factors that put athletes and performers at risk for injuries have found that professional ballet dancers get hurt just as often and suffer just as serious injuries as athletes in contact sports. Ronald Smith, a University of Washington psychology professor and lead author of a new study said that the injury rate for ballet dancers over an eight month period was 61%. This is comparable to rates found in other studies for athletes in collision sports such as football and wrestling. The average time lost because of ballet injury was 10.5 days, with the actual time loss ranging from 1-87 days. “We think that ballet dancers are as helpless as athletes because ballet is a very pressure-packed activity with a tremendous amount of completion.” Ronald Smith said “Ballet is physically difficult and the fact that other dancers are competing with them adds to the physical stress. They often perform hurt and are afraid someone might take their place.” Dancers also risk injury within the course of their career, many retiring from active performance in their mid to late 30s. Many dance movements, and particularly ballet techniques, such as the turnout of the hips and rising on the toes, test the limits of the range of movement of the human body. Dance movements can place stress on the body when not performed correctly; even if perfect form is used, over-repetition can cause repetitive strain injury. 80% of professional dancers will be injured in some way during their careers. Shake It Up is an American sitcom airing on Disney Channel in the United States. The series premiered on November 7, 2010. Created by Chris Thompson and starring Bella Thorne and Zendaya, the show follows the adventures of CeCe Jones (Thorne) and Rocky Blue (Zendaya) as they star as background dancers on a local show, Shake It Up Chicago. It also chronicles their misadventures on- and off-set, and their troubles and rising social status at school. Davis Cleveland, Roshon Fegan, Adam Irigoyen, Kenton Duty and Caroline Sunshine also are other main cast members in the series. The show's original concept was for Disney to create a female buddy comedy, only with a dance aspect. Larissa Saveliev Ms. Saveliev was trained at the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow and the School of American Ballet. As a member of the Bolshoi Ballet, she has toured throughout Russia, England, France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Egypt, and Japan. In 1995, Ms. Saveliev moved the United States and continued her dance career as both a dancer and an educator. In starting YAGP, Ms. Saveliev aimed to create a ballet competition centered on career development rather than trophies or flashy costumes. The primary goal of the competition is the learning process and a young dancer’s journey to the stage. Under Ms. Saveliev’s artistic direction, YAGP has become the largest international student ballet competition. YAGP boasts over 35,00 alumni, and over 300 of them now dance with more than 50 companies worldwide. Larissa Savliev The Bolshoi Ballet The School Of American Ballet Blisters from ballet shoes. 4 dancers doing classical ballet. 2 dancers doing contemporary ballet. The Youth America Grand Prix The Youth America Grand Prix( YAGP) is the world’s largest and most popular student ballet competition around. It awards over $250,000 in scholarships annually, provides exposure to professional companies for dancers looking for work, and gives college-bound dancers a chance to be seen by some of the top dance colleges and universities. The competition is held annually around the world and in New York City, and is open to dance students of all nationalities 9-19 years old. Regionals are held around the world between January and March. Dancers that are successful at the Regionals level move into the finals in New York. Launched in 1999 by two former dancers of the world- renowned Bolshoi Ballet, Larissa and Gennadi Saveliev, YAGP is also a non-profit organization created with a mission to provide extraordinary educational and professional opportunities to young dancers, acting as a stepping stone to a professional dance career. It aims to fulfill its mission by offering:
Educational opportunities for dance students around the world
Opportunity to receive contracts to dance companies worldwide
Scholarships to leading dance schools in the U.S. and abroad.
Invaluable professional exposure to world-renowned dance professionals
Performance opportunities on some of the worlds most impressive stages and at dance festivals around the world
Workshops with the renowned master teachers and judges of the competition.
Now in its 14th Season, YAGP has awarded over $2 million in scholarships to the leading dance schools worldwide. Over 25,000 dancers worldwide have participated in YAGP’s international workshops, competitions, and audition classes. Over 300 YAGP former students are now dancing with 50 companies around the world, including American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet and San Francisco Ballet, among others. Since the beginning, Youth
Above, A ballet dancer dancing at the Youth America Grand Prix.
America Grand Prix has become an internationally known meeting place for dance students and teachers, where they can exchange ideas, share their experience and learn up-to-date information on a variety of issues in ballet and contemporary dance. YAGP’s level of reputation as a showcase for dance students in America and abroad is such that even passing the first round to be selected to participate in the New York City Finals gives a participant a boost to their professional dance career.
The Youth America Grand Prix Finals are in New York City!
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