Youth American Grand Prix Competition
In 2013, BalletNova began its participation in the Youth America Grand Prix Competition, the world’s largest student ballet scholarship competition that awards over $250,000 annually in scholarships to leading dance schools worldwide. This prestigious event is held annually around the world and in New York City, and is open to dance students of all nationalities 9-19 years old. YAGP was featured in the 2011 film, “First Position”
Candidates for this elite competition are chosen from the Conservatory Division at the discretion of the Artistic Director.
Participation in this program requires a significant commitment of time and resources. Coaching sessions are scheduled in addition to the regular class and company rehearsal hours. All candidates must be available during the winter break.
One BalletNova Center for Dance (BNCD) dancer won awards and placed in 2016:
- Cadence Rolland, 17 years old (Burke, VA): placed in the Top 12 in Senior Women's Classical
Four BalletNova Center for Dance (BNCD) dancers won awards and placed in 2015:
- Alexa Mengenhauser, 16 years old (Reston, VA): 2nd Place in Senior Women's Contemporary, Top 12 in the Senior Women's Classical
- Amara Forsley, 17 years old (Fairfax, VA): placed in the Top 12 in Senior Women's Classical
- Cadence Rolland, 16 years old (Burke, VA): placed in the Top 12 in Senior Women's Classical
- Madeline Gradle, 17 years old (Falls Church, VA): placed in the Top 24 in Senior Women's Classical
Three (BNCD) dancers won awards and placed in the top 12 in 2014:
- Chelen Middlebrook, 14 years old (Springfield, VA): 1st Place in Junior Division Contemporary; 2nd Place in Junior Division Classical
- Joe Ogren, 17 years old (Arlington, VA); 2nd Place in Senior Men’s Classical; 2nd Place in Senior Men’s Contemporary. Joe went to the Finals in New York in April 2014.
- Amara Forsley, 16 years old (Fairfax, VA) placed in the Top 12 in both Senior Women’s Classical and Senior Women’s Contemporary.
In 2014, BalletNova received the YAGP award for Outstanding School!
Summer Intensive Program Placements
Each summer, our advanced dancers audition for and attend prestigious summer intensive training programs around the nation. They are encouraged to pursue this experience as a way to experience different teachers, and expose them to professional companies in case they want to pursue future apprenticeships or jobs.
Here are a few of the summer program placements:
Cadence Rolland – Houston Ballet
Grace Sisel – Sarasota Ballet
Sophie Paczak – Ballet Magnificat
Emelia Dagradi – Boston Ballet
Cait Hagan – Alonzo King LINES
Chelen Middlebrook – Alonzo King LINES
Natalie Murphy – Houston Ballet
Tessa O’Hara – Sarasota Ballet
Laura Powell – Nutmeg Conservatory
Nicola – Pacific Northwest Ballet
Willa Frantz – ABT New York
Allison Vernon – Orlando Ballet
Lea Winston – Pittsburgh Ballet
Mary Whelan – ABT California
Grace Cogley – Washington Ballet
Kaya Chun – BalletNova Center for Dance
Nicola McHugh – BalletNova Center for Dance
Maddie Rose Notarianni – Princeton Ballet School
Madeleine Ames – BalletNova Center for Dance
Sabrina Atkin – Princeton Ballet School
Cassie Downing – Richmond Ballet