Greenwich Ballet Academy Makes Strong Showing at Youth America Grand Prix

Three Students Represent GBA, While One Advances to NYC Finals
Greenwich Ballet Academy
Greenwich Ballet Academy
GREENWICH, Conn. - June 19, 2014 - PRLog -- Three students represented Greenwich Ballet Academy ( at the prestigious regional competition of the Youth America Grand Prix in Providence, RI in February, showcasing the talents of students that continue to deliver stand-out performance in line with the Academy's tradition of excellence.

“Each year, Greenwich Ballet Academy successfully trains and prepares students for this prestigious competition,” said Jeanne Hendrickson, Chairman of the Board. “The participants work extremely hard and represent GBA with grace and courage. It’s our job to give them the tools and encouragement necessary to inch toward their professional goals with confidence.”

The Youth America Grand Prix ( is held every year, offering professional opportunities to young dancers, acting as a stepping stone to a professional dance career. YAGP offers educational opportunities as well as the chance to compete for contracts to dance companies worldwide, scholarships to leading dance schools all over the world and other professional exposure and experience.

In the Pre-Competitive Division, Elisabeth Beyer of Rye, NY performed three of her variations and was awarded second place, qualifying for the NYC finals and earning a scholarship to a prominent training program in New York City. Elisabeth placed in the top twelve at the semi-finals in 2013 and 2012, making this year her third consecutive trip to the finals in New York.

Dancers Marie Jose Esquivel and Laura Baruch competed in the Senior Division, both with standout performances. Marie Jose placed in the top 24 in the Senior division.

“We are incredibly proud of our students for all the hard work and preparation they’ve done to move toward their dream of becoming professional dancers,” said Greenwich Ballet Artistic Director Yuri Vodolaga. “I’m especially thankful to the faculty, who all placed their mark of excellence on these wonderful students.”

The Youth America Grand Prix is internationally known, not only for its prestigious scholarships to leading dance schools throughout the world, but also for its superior reputation and as a central meeting place for students and teachers to learn the most up-to-date issues concerning ballet and contemporary dance. Over 300 YAGP alumni now dance with 50 companies around the world, including American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet and San Francisco Ballet.

The Greenwich Ballet Academy, recently voted Fairfield and Westchester Counties' best ballet program by Serendipity Magazine, offers highly specialized training, emphasizing the Russian Vaganova method of instruction. The highly successful program gives students the ability to study classical ballet alongside recognized professionals. Several of its students have gone on to become successful professional dancers.

About Greenwich Ballet Company

Greenwich Ballet Academy is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) institution that nurtures talented dancers, ages 4-21, toward careers in classical ballet and contemporary dance with a unique emphasis on the Russian Vaganova method of instruction. GBA is the only school in the lower Fairfield and Westchester County area to offer this specialized type of training. The professional faculty also provide classes in modern and character dance, and contemporary ballet. GBA students have earned accolades at international ballet competitions and have joined professional ballet companies.Auditions for new students for fall registration are ongoing. For more information on performances and training, please visit the GBA website:

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