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Help bring "Ballet's Greatest Hits" to movie theaters across the country.

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On January 5, 2013 Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) will present an unprecedented Gala evening featuring the stars of the world’s leading dance companies performing the most beloved pieces of classical ballet. “Ballet’s Greatest Hits” Gala will take place at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, FL – and will be filmed by 5-time Emmy Award winner, Clemente D’Alesio. The program will feature unique documentary footage of interviews with artists and choreographers adding special insight into the history and meaning of classical ballet.

By distributing a film, YAGP will further its mission to educate the next generation of dancers because thousands of artists will have unprecedented access to current interpretations of ballet classics. 


Because it is such an exciting project, Ballet in Cinema – the company that has brought Bolshoi Ballet and The Royal Ballet of London to movie screens across America – has chosen to present the Gala at its participating movie theaters. This would allow people who do not normally have access to dance artistry to experience firsthand the beauty and excitement of classical ballet.


But it costs over $100,000 to professionally film, edit, and produce the film version of this Gala. We have been able to raise most of this amount – but are still $35,000 short of the funds needed to complete this project.

This is where you come in. With your support, we can bring the best of classical ballet to people across the country. So please consider making a donation; no donation is too big or too small. We need $35,000 to cover the costs of the filming – but if we are able to raise more than that amount, we could apply it towards making the production even more compelling and comprehensive. We could engage more artists and produce more documentary materials, making it an ever bigger and better version of “Ballet’s Greatest Hits.”


We believe in sharing the beauty of ballet with as many people as possible. We hope we can count on your help in doing so.

Artists from these companies will be featured in the “Ballet’s Greatest Hits” Gala:

American Ballet Theatre
The Joffrey Ballet
Dutch National Ballet
Mariinsky Ballet
National Ballet of Canada
New York City Ballet
Pacific Northwest Ballet
San Francisco Ballet

The program will include excerpts from "Giselle", "Don Quixote," "Swan Lake," "Coppelia" and "Sleeping Beauty," among others.*

* Artists and Program subject to change.

YAGP is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Some donations are tax deductible. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions for exact amounts. 

Risks and challenges

Creating art – something that lifts us out of our everyday reality into some other, magical realm – requires special people and special circumstances. This project is subject to the very special risks and challenges that are unique to art and artists.

A ballet artist might fall ill or get injured. In that case, we would have to replace one artist with another. When replacing artists, we would have to adjust the program in a way that takes into consideration each artist’s strengths and the constraints of their repertoire. Having produced many Galas, we feel confident that we will be able to do it successfully – but it is always a challenge.

One of the biggest challenges of this project is creating something that will appeal as much to balletomanes as to the general public. We plan to meet the challenge by choosing artists who are beloved by the dance world and have a universal appeal. In addition to sharing ballet with people who already love it, our mission is to introduce people who normally do not have access to ballet to the magic of this art form. Trying to appeal to different groups always carries a risk. We chose to address it by engaging some of the best filmmakers in the United States, hoping that their professionalism and experience will result in a film production that will be as appealing to balletomanes as well as introduce a new audience to the wonders of ballet.

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  • Yes! Because YAGP is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, some contributions are tax deductible. See below for exact amounts:

    For donations under $25, $0 is tax deductible

    For a $25 donation, $20 is tax deductible

    For a $50 donation, $43 is tax deductible

    For a $100 donation, $90 is tax deductible

    For a $250 donation, $240 is tax deductible

    For a $500 donation, $465 is tax deductible

    For a $1,000 donation, $900 is tax deductible

    For a $5,000 donation, $4,700 is tax deductible

    For a $10,000 donation, $9,160 is tax deductible

    If you are interested in executive sponsorships, please contact the creator. Thank you for your support!

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    The rewards above plus 2 tickets to a screening of the completed film in movie theaters in March 2013, plus an invitation to a exclusive reception in New York City with some of the dance artists in celebration of the film.

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    The rewards above plus 2 tickets to the Tampa Gala and Post-performance Reception with the stars of the film (hotel and air fare not included) on January 5, 2013. Prominent name listing in the film production credits.

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    The rewards above plus 2 tickets to the YAGP 2013 New York City Gala “Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow” including post-performance dinner at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on Thursday, April 18, 2013. Special thank you in the program distributed at movie theaters and in the New York City Finals Souvenir Book.

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