Local Dancer Honored at World's Largest Youth Dancing Competition


Andrew Griswold
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Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy Student Awarded YAGP Youth Grand Prix Award

MILWAUKEE – March 12, 2013 – 14 year-old Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy student and Whitefish Bay resident Jennifer Hackbarth competed at the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) Semi-Finals this past weekend in Indianapolis. The YAGP is America’s first and the world’s largest student ballet scholarship competition and features 6,500 dancers from 24 different countries competing in 15 semi-final competitions all over the world for a chance to compete at the YAGP Finals.

Jennifer was awarded the Youth Grand Prix Award at the Indianapolis Semi-Final. The Youth Grand Prix Award is occasionally presented to a sole dancer who, according to the YAGP jury panel, exceeded all other dancers in their division in both Classical Ballet and Contemporary Dance categories.

“We could not be more proud of Jennifer,” said Mireille Favarel, Jennifer’s coach and Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy faculty member. “The Youth Grand Prix Award is the greatest possible achievement in a YAGP semi-final, and some semi-finals don’t name a Grand Prix winner. We are just overjoyed that Jennifer’s hard work and dedication have enabled her to compete at such a world-class level.”

Jennifer’s performances at the Indianapolis Semi-Final consisted of the Sugar Plum variation from The Nutcracker, the Lilac Fairy variation from The Sleeping Beauty and her contemporary solo Emergence, which is choreographed by Timothy O'Donnell, Artist and Choreographer in Residence for Milwaukee Ballet. Jennifer’s performance also qualified her for the YAGP World Finals, which will be held in New York April 12-17. Only one in six semi-finalists qualify for the Finals. 

Interviews with Jennifer, Mireille and Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy Director Rolando Yanes are available upon request. High-resolution images are also available.

About Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy
Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy is recognized among the top in the nation and is the only professional dance school in the Midwest accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance. Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy has an enrollment of nearly 1000 students at three locations throughout Southeastern Wisconsin.

About the YAGP
Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) was founded in 1999 by two former Bolshoi dancers, Larissa and Gennadi Saveliev. YAGP was America’s first ballet and contemporary dance scholarship competition and now has become the largest in the world. YAGP remains committed to its original mission: to support and develop world-class dancers ages 9 to 19 of all racial, ethnic and economic backgrounds by providing extraordinary educational and performance opportunities with the world’s leading dance educators and serving as the internet of the dance world, connecting students, teachers, schools and dance companies.