Monday, September 26, 2011

Anne Polajenko Presents: Y.A.G.P. At Toronto Film Festival

Watch the trailer. This documentary just won 1st Runner Up at the Toronto Film Festival. The boy in the photo is from Rio.

If you missed the PBS "Dance in America" on Edward Villella and Miami City Ballet, you can go to
to see the trailer. The boy dancing on the gray tights is from Rio too!!


          This news just in from Y.A.G.P.

        “A documentary has been produced by independent filmmaker Bess Kargman on Youth America Grand Prix and the students whose lives are touched by our programs.  The film, entitled "First Position," follows five participants on their journey to the YAGP Finals in New York City in 2010.  The documentary will premiere at the 36th Annual Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday, Sept 11, 2011 with screenings to follow in San Francisco, New York, and Boston.”

        For those not familiar with this organization, Y.A.G.P. is the only worldwide ballet competition for students which offers major scholarships to international schools. Semi-final rounds are held on four continents. Qualifying dancers then move on to the final rounds held in New York City. Judges include the directors of all the major schools (such as The Royal Ballet, The Paris Opera Ballet, American Ballet Theater etc. Dancers are judged both on stage and in the classroom.

         It is a very heady time for all the competitors as they are being viewed by all the names that count in the ballet world. Additionally, talent scouts from major companies are often in the audience. In the very competitive world of ballet, this is the event where you go to be noticed. 

        For more information on Youth America Grand Prix, go to

       --- Anne Polajenko
   We'll make sure to keep you all updated with any and all updates we receive!!

    Love from your humble blogger,

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