Gabriel Figueredo in a variation from Raymonda. VAM Productions, Courtesy YAGP.
This week, over 1,000 young hopefuls gathered in New York City for the Youth America Grand Prix finals, giving them the chance to compete for scholarships and contracts to some of the world's top ballet schools and companies. Roughly 85 dancers made it to the final round at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater on Wednesday. Today, the 20th anniversary of YAGP came to a close at the competition's awards ceremony. Read on to find out who won!
Congratulations are in order for our "Dear Katie" advice columnist, Kathryn Morgan! After a long struggle with hypothyroidism, which led to the ballerina's resignation from New York City Ballet in 2012, Morgan is now set to dive back into full-time professional dance as a soloist at Miami City Ballet.
Luke Barrett performing his solo "Epilogue" (Evolve Photo & Video, courtesy Meredith Barrett)
Luke Barrett's been a standout on the comp scene for years now, thanks to his crystal-clear technique and soulful improv skills. He's a two-time New York City Dance Alliance National Male Outstanding Dancer (Mini in 2016 and Junior in 2018), 2nd runner-up at The Dance Awards (2017), and Beat Squad member (2018). Luke hasn't let negative comments and bullying at school weaken his passion for dance: "Support from my family and my dance friends has made me stronger in pursuing what I love," he says.
Dancetown Divas during their powerhouse performance (Evans Vestal Ward/NBC)
Last night, while the rest of the population was watching "Game of Thrones," we (and all of you) were wrapped up in the drama that was first round of "World of Dance" cuts. I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say that everyone can agree this season is especially unpredictable: We've got a whole new points system, surprises every episode, and a truly talented group of dancers who bring it week after week. So, who survived and who was sent packing? Here's what went down last night.