YAPG logoHi Tampa Bay, Alex here to let you know that the world’s largest student ballet and contemporary dance competition is beginning it’s season in Tampa Bay!

Youth America Grand Prix will begin its 2012 season by co-producing “Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow” Gala with the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, FL on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012.

The YAGP 2012 Gala in Tampa will be lead by Danel Ulbricht (Principal Dancer, New York City Ballet) and will feature Joseph Philips (YAGP Alumnus, American Ballet Theatre); YAGP Alumni, Jeffrey and Lia Cirio, and Sabi Varga (Boston Ballet); Jeanette Delgado (Principal Dancer, Miami City Ballet) alongside winners from the 2012 Tampa Regional Semi Finals.

YAGP is America’s first and the world’s largest student ballet scholarship competition, which was founded in 1999 by two former Bolshoi Ballet dancers, Larissa and Gennadi Saveliev.  This competition is conducted annually throughout the U.S. and abroad (Brazil, Mexico, Japan, and Italy).

Each year, YAGP culminates with a Final Round in New York City and a Gala performance at NY City Center.  Since its inception, 25,000 young dancers have participated in YAGP worldwide competitions and workshops, over $2 million dollars have been awarded in scholarships to the world’s leading dance schools, and over 250 YAGP Alumni are now dancing with some 50 companies around the globe.

For more information, visit WWW.YAGP.ORG.

Buy your tickets today! Regularly priced tickets for the “Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow” Gala now through Jan. 8, start at $16.50. Beginning Jan. 9, regularly priced tickets start at $18.50.

Tickets may be purchased by calling 813.229.STAR (7827) or 800.955.1045 outside Tampa Bay, in person at the Straz Center Ticket Office or online at www.strazcenter.org.

For more information about the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts and its upcoming events, please visit the Straz Center’s website at www.strazcenter.org.

I hope you all enjoy the show!

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