Monday, February 20, 2012

Youth America Grande Prix

After an exciting and nerve wracking weekend, we are are home.  I know many of you have a vested interest in this young dancer now, so here are the details.

The three dancers who represented the Brindusa-Moore Ballet Academy at YAGP.
Isaac danced in the Junior Classical Division, which includes dancers age 12-14.  There were 77 dances with participants from all over the United States and Canada.  Because he was one of the youngest dancers, he was near the beginning. My sister purchased a couple of hours of their video link so everyone at home could watch him dance.  She then held her camera up to the computer and recorded his dances.  They are not great quality, but you get the added bonus of hearing the family's reactions, should you care to watch.

Peasant Pas Variation from Giselle

Variation from Satanella

Isaac placed in the top twelve--the youngest to place in the Junior Division of the competition.

All of the dancers on stage before handing out awards.
Thank you to all of you who made this possible for him.  Your sponsorship provided for all of his expenses (though not mine, so don't worry that I used money meant for him for my own use!).  He learned a great deal and danced on the biggest stage of his young life.

He didn't win cash, but he did get a certificate (pink with a ballerina on it--poor boys) that was good for two pair of ballet shoes.  That is as good as money, right?!

All I wanted for him from this experience was for him to dance well, to be happy with his performances and to get exposure on a national stage.  He got all of those and more.  It was a great weekend.


  1. Holy cow!! He is AMAZING! Wow. Just, wow.

  2. Yeah for Isaac! So happy to hear that it was good experience! Hopefully the first of many! I haven't had to purchase ballet shoes but I'd guess that a certificate for two pair is worth a good chunk of cash!

  3. That was AMAZING! I thought of him all weekend. I am so happy it went so well. How does it feel to be the mother of a prodigy?