Friday, September 2, 2011

Anne Polajenko: Y.A.G.P. @ Toronto Film Festival


          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 hope you had a fantastic week and are looking forward to a glorious weekend, 
       Love from your humble blogger,

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