Greenwich Ballet Academy has strong showing at Grand Prix

Elisabeth Beyer is one of the Greenwich Ballet Academy students making a big impact on stage.

Elisabeth Beyer is one of the Greenwich Ballet Academy students making a big impact on stage.

Three students represented Greenwich Ballet Academy at the prestigious regional competition of the Youth America Grand Prix in Providence, R.I., in February.

According to the academy, the young dancers were “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, 12-year-old Elisabeth Beyer of Rye, N.Y., performed three of her variations and was awarded second place, qualifying for the New York City finals and earning a scholarship to a prominent training program in New York City. Last year Elisabeth placed in the top 12 at the semifinals, making this year her second 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,” Greenwich Ballet Artistic Director Yuri Vodolaga said. “I’m especially thankful to the faculty, who all placed their mark of excellence on these wonderful students.”

More than 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.

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