Ballet Arte students shine at Youth America Grand Prix Regional Competition

(L-R): Michelle Kenyon, Sophie Savas Carstens, Brian Warkentien with Danielle Esposito, Audrey Ponder, Masha Cherezova, Spencer Lenain, Sophie Williams.

Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) Regional Competition was held in San Diego on Jan. 17-18. Ballet Arte Academy of Classical Ballet in Solana Beach recently announced that all of its participating students placed in each of their various categories. Ballet Arte students placed as follows:

Spencer Lenain (11) placed 2nd in Pre-Competitive. Danielle Esposito (12) placed 2nd in Junior Contemporary and first 12 in Junior Classical. Sophie Savas Carstens (13) placed 1st in Junior Classical. Michelle Kenyon (13) placed in first 12 for Junior Classical. Audrey Ponder (13) placed in first 24 for Junior Classical. Masha Cherezova (14) placed in first 24 for Junior Classical. Brian Warkentien (14) placed 1st in Junior Classical. Sophie Williams (17) placed in first 12 for Senior Classical.

This year, Erlends Zieminch and Sara Viale are celebrating 10 years as directors of Ballet Arte. They said they are very proud of their students’ hard work, dedication and achievements and are also thrilled to learn that Ballet Arte has been named the Outstanding School of the YAGP for 2014.

Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) is the world’s largest student ballet scholarship competition that awards over $250,000 annually in scholarships to leading dance schools worldwide. The competition is held annually around the world and is open to dance students 9-19 years old. The YAGP mission is to provide extraordinary educational and professional opportunities to young dancers, acting as a stepping stone to a professional dance career. It’s level of reputation as a showcase for dance students from America and abroad is such that even passing the preliminary rounds to be selected to participate in the New York Finals gives a participant an important distinction and a boost to their professional dance career. More than 300 YAGP alumni are now dancing with 50 companies around the world, including American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet and San Francisco Ballet, among others.

Ballet Arte Academy of Classical Ballet is located at 742 Genevieve Street, Solana Beach 92075. Tel: (858) 259-5505;

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