Two Live-Streams This Sunday: Natalia Osipova in Bolshoi’s Don Q, and Guggenheim’s YAGP Judging Panel Program

Live-streaming, either over the internet or into movie theaters, seems to be the in thing these days, fortunately, for those of us who can’t travel the world to see top companies perform and / or afford to attend all of these panel discussions and performances.

This Sunday, March 6th, there are two live-streamed ballet events. The first, at 11:00 a.m. ET is the Bolshoi’s production of Don Quixote starring Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev, which will be live-streamed from Moscow into theaters all over the world. I wrote a little about that at the bottom of this post.

As I said before, if you haven’t seen Osipova, this is your chance. She’s one of the most athletically astounding ballerinas around right now, she’s a huge star in Europe, and this is THE role that she’s most known for (since it really showcases such athletics). In Manhattan, the performance will be shown at the Big Cinema at 59th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues, and I think it costs $25. Check the Emerging Pictures’ Ballet in Cinema website to search for showplaces and showtimes in your area.

Above image of Osipova and Vasiliev by Genaro Molina from Danza Ballet.

Then, later in the evening, at 7:30 ET, the Guggenheim will live-stream online via their ustream channel their Works & Process program on judging in the important Youth America Grand Prix. This program is free, and, again, you can participate in the live chat online on that channel.

For more info on the Guggenheim’s program and participants, click below to see the full press release:

How Judges Judge – Youth America Grand Prix

Sunday and Monday, March 6 and 7, 7:30pm

Youth America Grand Prix is America’s first and the world’s largest student ballet scholarship competition.  Join YAGP jury members Gailene Stock, Director of the Royal Ballet School; Franco de Vita, Director of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre; and Adam Sklute, Artistic Director of Ballet West, to gain an insight into the selection process and watch as they critique dancers’ performances during an impromptu ballet competition, on stage, simulating a ballet scholarship competition and what happens in casting and dance auditions at dance companies and schools around the world. Each panelist will comment on each student’s performance and will give the audience a rare insight into their evaluation process. The panelists will also share the criteria which they use to select dancers to join their schools on scholarship. Audience members will be able to follow along with their own scoring sheet.

The program will be presented in anticipation of YAGP’s annual Gala, “Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow” at NY City Center on March 22, 2011, featuring YAGP winners and invited guest stars from around the world.


Franco de Vita

Adam Sklute

Gailene Stock

Sergey Gordeev, moderator

Student Dancers

Aran Bell , Hannah Bettes, Derek Dunn, Miko Fogarty, Nayara Lopes, Drew Nelson, Gaya Bommer Yemini, Sam Zaldivar

Students will dance classical and modern pieces along with solos and pas de deux which will be interspersed with judge’s commentary.


Peter B. Lewis Theater

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

1071 Fifth Avenue at 88th Street

Subway – 4, 5, 6 train to 86th Street

Bus – M1, M2, M3, or M4 bus on Madison or Fifth Avenue


$30 General

$25 Guggenheim Members

$10 Students (25 and under with valid student ID)

(212) 423-3587, M-F, 1–5 PM or visit

Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) is a non-profit educational organization that is America’s first and the world’s largest student ballet scholarship competition, founded in 1999.  Each year, YAGP conducts regional semi-final competitions throughout the United States and around the world in Brazil. Mexico, Japan and Italy, where the jury members select the most talented and promising students for the YAGP Finals held in New York City in March or April of each year.  At the YAGP NYC Finals, Directors and representatives of the world’s leading dance academies annually present over $250,000 in scholarships to their schools to talented young students. Called the “internet of the dance world,” YAGP represents a global network of opportunity connecting dancers, teachers, schools and companies all over the globe. Leading dance professionals from around the world are involved in Youth America Grand Prix, and the competition has gained major recognition in American media and from government agencies, including personal commendation from the office of the mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, for its contributions to the cultural life of American and New York City in particular.  Since its inception, Youth America Grand Prix has become an internationally known meeting place for dance students and teachers, where they can exchange their ideas, share experience and learn the most up-to-date information on a variety of issues in ballet and contemporary dance. 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, including American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg, and many others.  For more information, visit

Franco De Vita is the Principal of American Ballet Theatre’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School; and co-author of the ABT National Training Curriculum. Prior to joining ABT, Mr. De Vita was Dean of Faculty and Curriculum at Boston Ballet School. He has taught at such renowned institutions as ABT, Boston Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Hartford Ballet. Mr. De Vita co-directed the Hamlyn School in Florence, Italy, and is a renowned authority on the Cecchetti Method. As a performer, Mr. De Vita performed principal roles in many European companies, including Florence’s Maggio Musicale, Aterballetto and Le Ballet Royal de Wallonie.  Mr. De Vita is a regular member of the jury panel at the YAGP Finals in New York City and at YAGP’s regional competitions around the world.

Adam Sklute was named Artistic Director of Ballet West in March of 2007. Prior to that time, he served as Associate Artistic Director of The Joffrey Ballet, where he started his career as a dancer in the mid 1980’s. Under Sklute’s leadership, Ballet West has garnered increased national and international exposure. In 2008, Ballet West appeared at Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as part of its Ballet Across America Festival. An Adjunct Professor of dance at the University of Utah, Sklute actively oversees Ballet West’s Academy, teaching regularly and developing and focusing its syllabus with the Academy faculty. Mr. Sklute is a regular member of the jury panel at the YAGP Finals in New York City and at YAGP’s regional competitions around the world.

Gailene Stock had a 16 year professional career as a dancer with The Australian Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada and Royal Winnipeg Ballet. She subsequently held the position of Director of the National Theatre Ballet School, Victoria, Australia for eight years and The Australian Ballet School for nine years, before taking on the role of Director of The Royal Ballet School in London in 1999. In 1997, Ms. Stock was awarded the Order of Australia for services to the art of ballet.  Internationally acclaimed, her knowledge and experience is regularly sought in the dance community worldwide. She has participated as a jury member in many international competitions and served as President of the Jury at Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland and at Youth America Grand Prix in New York.

Aran Bell began his training at age four in Seattle, WA with Michiko Black, continued training at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and is currently studying with Denys Ganio in Rome, Italy.  Aran was the winner of the Hope Award (Best Overall in the Pre-Competitive Age Division, ages 9-11) at the YAGP Finals in 2009 and 2010.

Hannah Bettes began taking jazz classes at the age of seven at The Dance P.A.D. and received her ballet training at Central Florida Ballet. She placed in the top twelve at 2009 YAGP Finals in NYC and progressed to YAGP’s Final Round in 2010. Hannah has trained at the School of American Ballet for two summers, and is currently a New Artist at the Next Generation Ballet in Tampa under the direction of Peter Stark.

Derek Dunn has been a student in the Rock Academic Program Alliance and pre-professional dance program at The Rock School for Dance Education since 2009. He won the Bronze Medal in the Junior Men’s Division at the 2010 USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi, the Junior Gold Medal at the 2010 YAGP NYC Finals and the 2009 Scholarship Award to the American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive, and was awarded scholarships to attend the Kirov Academy of Ballet summer sessions in 2007 and 2008.

Miko Fogarty trains with Viktor Kabaniaev in the Professional Program at the Westlake School for the Performing Arts in San Francisco. Miko won the Hope Award at the YAGP Semi Finals in 2008 and 2009, and she placed in the top 12 at the YAGP NYC Finals in the Pre-competitive Category. Most recently, Miko won the bronze medal in the Junior Category at the YAGP 2010 NYC Finals.

Nayara Lopes began studying dance at the Guairá Theater School of Dance in Curitiba, Puerto Rico. Nayara was a full-scholarship student at the American Ballet Theatre’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School for two years, studying under Franco De Vita, and is currently a dancer with Orlando Ballet II. Most recently, she was awarded the Senior Grand Prix Award at the YAGP Regional Semi-Finals in Columbia, SC, and will be competing at the YAGP 2011 NYC Finals.

Drew Nelson began taking ballet classes with American Repertory Ballet and trained at Princeton Dance and Theater Studio with Susan Jaffe and Risa Kaplowitz. He has also attended the School of American Ballet and and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at ABT. Drew was featured in the dance documentary for TLC (The Learning Channel), “My Life as a Child.” In 2010, he trained at The Royal Ballet School at Covent Garden on scholarship, and was a finalist at the YAGP NY Finals. He currently is a New Artist at Next Generation Ballet in Tampa under the direction of Peter Stark.

Gaya Bommer Yemini began dancing in 2003 at her mother’s school, Nadine Bommer Dance Academy, Israel and has studied at Balleto di Toscana, Italy and The Ailey School Summer Program, New York. Most recently, Gaya won first place in the Contemporary Junior Category and second place in the Classical Junior Category at the YAGP 2011 European Semi-Finals in Paris. Gaya will be studying at the Princess Grace Academy of Classical Dance, Monaco on a summer and full-year scholarship in 2011-2012.

Sam Zaldivar is currently training under former Pittsburgh Ballet Principals, Dmitri Kulev and Jennifer Langenstein Kulev. He was the recipient of the Grand Prix Award in Junior Men’s Category at the YAGP 2009 and 2010 Regional semi-finals, the Silver Medal in Junior Age division at the YAGP 2009 NYC Finals and, most recently, the Grand Prix Award in the Junior age division at the YAGP 2010 NYC Finals. Sam performed at the International Ballet Festival of Miami in the 2009 and 2010 and at YAGP’s “Peter the Great” Galas celebrating a legendary ballet teacher, Peter Pestov, held in New York City and in Moscow, Russia.

Works & Process at the Guggenheim

For over 25 years and in over 350 productions, New Yorkers have been able to see, hear, and meet the most acclaimed artists in the world, in an intimate setting unlike any other. Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, has championed new works, offered audiences unprecedented access to our generation’s leading creators and performers, and hosted post-show receptions for the audiences and artists to continue the discussion. Each 80-minute performance uniquely combines artistic creation and stimulating conversation and takes place in the Guggenheim’s intimate Frank Lloyd Wright-designed 285-seat Peter B. Lewis Theater. Described by The New York Times as “an exceptional opportunity to understand something of the creative process,” Works & Process is produced by founder Mary Sharp Cronson.

Lead funding provided by The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation with additional support from The Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston, The Christian Humann Foundation, Leon Levy Foundation, and Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Inc.

This program is supported by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, and New York City Department of Culture.


  1. Tnx for the pricelles infos. It’s really annoing not to be able to see as much perfs. as one would like to… ballet is not that much of a popular form of art here in Brazil, yet… and the country is so big that the perfs. are mostly on just in the biggests cities…
    And I don’t wanna sound rude by anymeans, but here goes a little note: The companie is named “Guaíra” Theater School of Dance, and Curitiba is a brazilian city (About the talk about Nayara Lopes)

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