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Sarasota Ballet Winners Invited to YAGP North American Finals

Three students of the Margaret Barbieri Conservatory have been invited to the May Youth America Grand Prix North American Finals in Tampa

The Sarasota Ballet’s Margaret Barbieri Conservatory announces today that three of its Conservatory students have been invited to the North American Finals of the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP). Noah Campbell, Savannah Campbell, and Hailey Stinchcomb were selected to compete in the Finals based on their performance scores at last month’s YAGP Semi-Finals in Tampa, in which each student placed in the top three in their division.

“We are delighted to have such astounding talent amongst our Conservatory students,” says Assistant Education Director, Dierdre Miles Burger. “These three students received overall scores of over 95, with both Noah and Savannah achieving a perfect score of 100 from New York City Ballet star Ashley Bouder. During my many years working with the YAGP, these are the highest Semi-Finals scores I have ever seen. I wish Hailey, Savannah, and Noah the best of luck in the upcoming North American Finals.”

This year’s YAGP Tampa Semi-Finals were attended by approximately 250 dance students, and over three days students performed both a classical and contemporary variation in front of the judges. Siblings Noah and Savannah scored First and Second place in their respective divisions, and with Hailey rounding out the results with a Third place win.

“This is a phenomenal accomplishment for these three students, as well as the Margaret Barbieri Conservatory as a whole,” says Education Director, Christopher Hird. “This serves as a testament to the dedication of these students to the art form, and the training standards and efforts carried out by the staff of the Margaret Barbieri Conservatory. In addition to Noah, Savannah, and Hailey, I also want to acknowledge coaches Addul Manzano and Mattison Bedinghaus, whose instruction was instrumental in the success of all students who competed in this year’s Semi-Finals.”

Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) is the world's largest global network of dance. Its mission is to support and develop world-class dancers, ages 9-19, of all economic, ethnic, and geographic backgrounds by providing scholarship auditions, performance and education opportunities, and by serving as the global network of dance, connecting students, teachers, schools, dance companies, dancers, and audiences. Over the past 20 years, YAGP has facilitated over $4,000,000 in scholarships to the world's leading dance schools.

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