Metropolitan Ballet Academy (MBA) Wins the Outstanding School Award in Youth America Grand Prix 2012 Regional Semi-Finals

February 3rd, 2012 |

Peter Weil (Jenkintown), Kamryn Baldwin (Blue Bell), Darius Black (Voorhees), Rafaella Rader (Philadelphia), and MBA Children’s Ensemble Win Top Honors;

22 MBA Students Continue to NYC Finals

Metropolitan Ballet Academy students have much to celebrate as they excelled in the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) 2012 Regional Semi-Finals held in January in Philadelphia, PA. Metropolitan Ballet Academy (MBA) was presented with the Outstanding School Award for the exceptional performances of 25 of their pre-professional level students:

  • Peter Weil, (15, Jenkintown) won Second Place in the Contemporary Dance Category, Senior Age Division, as well as Third Place in the Classical Dance Category, Senior Age Division
  • Kamryn Baldwin, (13, Blue Bell), won First Place in the Classical Dance Category, Junior Age Division, and placed in the top 12 for the Contemporary Dance Category, Junior Age Division
  • Darius Black, (13, Voorhees) won Second Place in the Classical Dance Category, Junior Age Division
  • Rafaella Rader (11, Philadelphia) won Third Place in the Pre Competitive Category
  • 16 young dancers: 8 boys and 8 girls, ages 9- 13, won Second Place in the Ensemble Category

Other noteworthy performances in the YAGP Semi-Finals included: Daniel Shevelev (12, Huntingdon Valley) placed in the top 12 in the Classical Dance Category, Junior Age Division; Kamryn Baldwin, (13, Blue Bell), Leela Breitman (16, Huntingdon Valley) Sophie Lane (13, Elkins Park) (Nancy Wenger (14, Newtown) will continue to the NYC finals for their Ensemble performance; Sierra Levin (15, Doylestown), Leah McCormick (18, Jenkintown), and Sara Vander Voort (17, Feasterville) each performed beautifully in both the Classical and Contemporary Dance Categories, Senior Age Division. Additionally, longtime MBA colleague and contemporary choreographer Kanji Segawa was honored as Outstanding Choreographer. Kamryn Baldwin, Leah McCormick and Sara VanderVoort performed each performed works by Mr. Segawa in the Contemporary rounds

22 of the students will advance to compete in the YAGP New York City Finals, April 22-27, 2012, where finalists selected from semi-final rounds conducted worldwide will compete for more than $250,000 in scholarships to 30 of the world’s leading dance schools, as well as job offers from 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 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, and thrilled that the esteemed panel of judges and the Youth America Grand Prix organization have recognized our school. I would in turn like to acknowledge our generous and dedicated faculty, this wonderful group of students, and the devoted and supportive parents behind each of them. The entire Academy congratulates Peter Weil, Kamryn Baldwin, Darius Black, Rafaella Rader and the children in the Ensemble on their well-earned accomplishments.”