Youth America Grand Prix 2018 Gala Fetes Stars Of Today And The Stars Of Tomorrow
Any group that aids in advancing the careers of young ballet dancers warms our heart. Non-profit organization Youth America Grand Prix has made this their mission in ensuring the future of dance. Every April, YAGP brings the world’s most talented young dancers from the ages of 9-19 to New York City to perform in the largest international student dance competition. April 19 marked the culmination and the annual Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow Gala at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater. A two- hour performance featured dancers from companies including ABT, NYC Ballet, Dutch National Ballet and Mariinsky wowed the standing room crowd followed by a dinner.
NBC’s Hoda Kotb welcomed guests and addressed the importance of the organization. “YAGP bridges the gap between young dancers and their education and performance opportunities, “ noted Kotb. “It sends some of the world’s top dance professionals to scout for talent all over the globe – and to select the most promising young dancers for the Finals, here in New York, where they can be seen and given the opportunities they need to grow and develop as artists. There are many talented young dancers that may not have the means to participate in YAGP’s competitions. YAGP provides financial support, based on need, to many dancers and their families so they can continue on their dance journeys.”
Once again, Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen and Lesley Thompson Vecsler chaired the dinner for 500 guests, which featured notables including Katie Couric and husband John Molner. The journalist/podcaster was among the first to make a pledge of $10,000 at a lively auction led by Sotheby’s Joe Dunning. The evening raised over $100,000 in scholarships. To learn more about Youth America Grand Prix please visit their website.