Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy students enjoyed great success at the 2015 New York Finals of the Youth America Grand Prix.
Open to students of all nationalities aged between 9-19 years old, the Youth America Grand Prix is the world’s largest global network of dance. Students are selected during a semi-final round to compete in the weeklong New York City finals, in the hope of receiving scholarship, professional and performance opportunities.
Having recently won the 2015 Alana Haines Awards in Wellington, New Zealand and awarded the Gold Medal at the 2014 Genee International Ballet Competition in Belgium, 17-year-old Vida Polakov was offered a contract with the West Australian Ballet after her performance at the Youth America Grand Prix New York Finals. Coached by TPCCA Artistic Director Lucinda Dunn OAM, Vida performed the Dulcinea variation from Don Quixote as well as a contemporary routine choreographed by TPCCA alumni Shayarne Matheson.
During the week of competition, 17-year-old Isaac Madder was made several different offers including Houston Ballet II, Ballet West in Scotland, Elmhurst School for Dance in the United Kingdom, Palucca Schule Dresden in Germany, the Washington Ballet School, as well as summer intensive scholarships in Lisbon Portugal, and at the American Ballet Theatre in New York.
At only 11 years of age, Audrey Freeman was placed in the top 12 of the Pre-Competitive section – placing her in the highest ranks of her age group worldwide.