Four Metropolitan Ballet Academy Students Place in Youth America Grand Prix Semi-Finals, Five Continue to NYC Finals

March 13th, 2010 |

Metropolitan Ballet Academy students Peter Weil, Phoebe Gavula, Devon DiBello, Kamryn Baldwin, and Ariel Breitman excel in Youth America Grand Prix 2010 Regional Semi Finals

Metropolitan Ballet Academy students have much to celebrate this week as five students excelled in the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) 2010 Regional Semi- Finals. Peter Weil, age 13, won Third Place in the Classical Dance Category, Junior Age Division; Phoebe Gavula, age 15, placed in the top 12 in both the Senior Classical Ballet and Senior Contemporary Dance Categories; Devon DiBello, age 13, placed among the top 12 in the Junior Classical Ballet Category; Kamryn Baldwin, age 11, placed in the top 12 in the Pre-Competitive Age Category; and Ariel Breitman, age 16, will continue in the Senior Men’s Division Category.

All five students will advance to compete in the YAGP New York City Finals, March 21-16, 2010, where finalists selected from semi-final rounds conducted all over the globe will compete for more than $250,000 in scholarships to 30 of the world’s leading dance schools, as well as job offers from other companies in the U.S. and abroad.

Youth America Grand Prix is the world’s largest international student ballet scholarship competition. YAGP has awarded more than $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; more than 200 YAGP alumni are now dancing with 50 companies around the world, including such acclaimed companies as American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet.

Lisa Collins Vidnovic, founder and director of Metropolitan Ballet Academy, said, “I am so proud of our students, who have worked extraordinarily hard to achieve this great honor. YAGP is a very rigorous competition attended by the highest level of pre-professional dancers. Having five students advance to the YAGP finals is an historic occasion for Metropolitan Ballet Academy. Our faculty teaches classical dance in an atmosphere of support and encouragement, and gives each student the individual attention they deserve. The entire Academy congratulates Peter, Phoebe, Devon, Kamryn, and Ariel on their significant accomplishments so far, and wishes them success when they compete in the NYC Finals.”