[Washington, DC] – The Washington School of Ballet teachers and students competed against hundreds of participants in the regionals of the Youth America Grand Prix, the world’s largest international student dance competition, held in Pittsburg, February 13-15. TWSB won ‘Best School’, an honor reflecting numerous individual competition winners. The distinction is one that TWSB has received in past years at regionals. The school’s Director, Kee Juan Han, won ‘Outstanding Teacher’- an honor awarded to an instructor whose students show excellent training and consistent quality in execution. The mission of The Washington Ballet includes growing the next generation of dancers through its school, The Washington School of Ballet. “We’re proud of the accomplishments of our students and we are honored to have received this recognition at YAGP regionals,” says Managing Director, Arthur Espinoza, Jr.
Students from the school also earned several citations. Stefan Goncalvez took home Senior Grand Prix -awarded to the overall best performer for classical and contemporary dance in the Senior Division.
The following students were also awarded:
Senior Men, Classical Division, First: Lang Ma (Alan)
Senior Women, Classical Division, First: Ao Wang
Senior Women, Classical Division, Second: Wendy Guo
Junior Women, Classical Division, Second, Level 7: Emily Hester
First Place, Pas De Deux Division, Grand Pas Classique: Lang Ma (Alan) and Ao Wang
Second Place, Division Le Corsaire: Wendy Guo and Stefan Goncalvez
Top 12, Junior Classical Division, Level 7: Katie Lee ranked
Top 12, Senior Classical Division: Brianna Sosa (level 7), Kelly Williams, Yuka Yamamoto, Ayumi Miyazaki and Kanjin Ota
Top 24, Senior Women Division: Maya Harr
Best Ensemble Piece – Choreographed by Mimmo Miccolis
The Washington School of Ballet has qualified to compete in the finals at the Youth America Grand Prix in New York City April 10-15.