Now that we have raised the funds for our historic project, YOU get to be a part of "Ballet's Greatest Hits!" We want to hear from you who you think are some of the most exciting dancers today performing the iconic roles of the megahits of Classical Ballet. Based on your response, we will try to interview these artists and include the footage in the film version of “Ballet’s Greatest Hits” – or to include special segments featuring these artists’ performances. Even if your top dancers were not in the live performance of “Ballet’s Greatest Hits”, you can still vote for them in the survey.
The five ballets featured in “Ballet’s Greatest Hits” are: Don Quixote, Flames of Paris, Giselle, La Bayadere, The Nutcracker, and Swan Lake. We want to hear from you who, of all the dancers performing today, are the three best (1st, 2nd and 3rd place) for the following roles: Basilio and Kitri (Don Quixote), couples who perform the Flames of Paris pas de deux, Myrtha, Prince and Giselle (Giselle), Gamzatti, Nikia, Solor, and Bronze Idol (La Bayadere), Sugar Plum Fairy and the Nutcracker Prince (The Nutcracker), and Odette/Odile and Siegfried (Swan Lake).
There are three ways to cast your vote: (1) reply to this e-mail with your vote listing your favorite dancers next to each role, (2) post your vote on YAGP's Facebook page, (3) on Twitter, tweet @YAGPtweets with #yagpbgh.
“Ballet’s Greatest Hits” will arrive to movie theaters across America on March 31 and April 2, 2013 – so we want to hear from you by February 1, 2013 in order to have time to include your response in the film.
On January 5, 2013, YAGP made history by presenting “Ballet’s Greatest Hits: A YAGP Gala Evening” featuring the top ballet dancers from around the world performing the most beloved pieces of Classical Ballet. The Gala took place in Tampa, FL and was filmed by five-time Emmy Award winner, Clemente D’Alessio. Now, he will add unique documentary footage of interviews with artists and choreographers, giving special insight into the history and meaning of each piece. Once completed, the film version will present a brand new Gala format, seamlessly interweaving exciting live performances with documentary footage in a dynamic “dialogue” between ballet history and the present moment.
This is part of an exciting new collaboration between Youth America Grand Prix and Emerging Pictures – the company that has brought The Royal Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, and Nederlands Dans Theatre to movie screens across America. The completed film version of “Ballet’s Greatest Hits” will be shown at movie theaters throughout the United States, giving those who may not normally have access to extraordinary dance artistry a chance to experience it.
Thank you for being a part of ballet history!
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YAGP is a nonprofit, 501 ( c ) 3 organization based in New York City. Contributions are tax-deductible as allowed by law. More than 5,000 talented young dancers from 30 countries on 5 continents participate annually in master classes, workshops and competitions for prizes and scholarships to the most prestigious dance academies worldwide. Over 300 YAGP alumni are now dancing with 50 dance companies including American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet and The Royal Ballet.
Photos of Marcelo Gomes and Veronika Part in Swan Lake, Greta Hodgkinson and Matthew Golding in Giselle, and Maria Kochetkova and Taras Domitro in Don Quixote by Siggul/Visual Arts Masters.
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Photos courtesy of Broadway World, Sergey Gordeev, Dance Spirit Magazine, Shelley Limmer, The New York Times, Greg Partanio Photography, Siggul/Visual Arts Masters, Hideaki Tanioka, Liza Voll Photography, and The Wall Street Journal.