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Straz Center featured in “Ballet’s Greatest Hits!” movie
Straz Center featured in “Ballet’s Greatest Hits!” movie

If you missed the sold out ballet gala, “Ballet’s Greatest Hits!”, held at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in January, you can catch it on film!

“Ballet’s Greatest Hits!” has been made into a movie that is playing around the country. It will hit the screen on March 31 at 2 p.m. and April 2 at 7 p.m. at the Carmike Royal Palm 20 at 5125 26th St East Bradenton, 34203.

Presented by Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP), “Ballet’s Greatest Hits” presents a one-of-a-kind glimpse of ballet from today and yesterday. The film is hosted by “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance” Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe and stars leading figures from the world of ballet. Dancers such as Marcelo Gomes, Veronika Part, Hee Seo, Isabella Boylston, Stella Abrera and Skylar Brandt from American Ballet Theatre, Maria Kochetkova and Taras Domitro of San Francisco Ballet, New York City Ballet favorites Ashley Bouder and Daniel Ulbricht, Matthew Golding of Dutch National Ballet, Alejandro Virelles of Boston Ballet and Greta Hodgkinson of National Ballet of Canada perform iconic roles from the classical repertoire including Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Giselle, Flames of Paris, Don Quixote and La Bayadere.

Audiences will witness backstage interviews with the performers and ballet luminaries such as Alexei Ratmansky, Angel Corella, Benjamin Millepied, Edward Villella, Jose Manuel Carreño, Mathieu and Denys Ganio, Matthew Bourne, Susan Jaffe and many others.

YAGP is known for being the largest student dance competition in the world. Earlier this year, a dozen dancers from the Straz Center’s Next Generation Ballet (NGB) competed against thousands of dancers worldwide to earn the chance to compete in the international finals of the YAGP competition in New York City next month.

YAGP screens more than 5,000 dance students internationally in regional competitions. The top dancers will compete in the New York finals for scholarships and job offers.

Patel Conservatory dancers who will qualified to compete in New York include Tanner Bleck, William Dugan, Kemper Cassada, Olivia Gusti, Gabrielle Beach, Chandler Hammond, Hannah Stanford, John Hewitt, Landon Harris, Sasha Alvarez and Collin Fuller and Ethan Fuller, who are brothers.

A regional competition was held at the Straz Center in January and the coveted Junior Grand Prix award went to 14-year-old NGB dancer Ethan Fuller, former star of the national touring production of Broadway’s Billy Elliot. His brother, Collin, dances at Juilliard and trains at the Patel Conservatory when in Florida. NGB won first place for an ensemble men’s dance by Dylan G-Bowley, which will be in the competition in the finals as well.

Several NGB graduates have benefitted from this competition, earning scholarships to London's Royal Ballet School and other prestigious dance institutions. St. Petersburg native Hannah Beach earned a full scholarship to Royal Ballet School, and has performed for the English royal family and many celebrities. She will join Hamburg Ballet as a professional dancer, and her sister, Gabrielle and also Cassada, will join RBS in the fall.

The not-for-profit Straz Center is committed to arts education as an essential part of its mission, and the fully accredited Patel Conservatory makes it all happen. The Conservatory offers classes in dance, music and theater for students of all experience levels. Registration, tour scheduling and more information are available at www.patelconservatory.org and by calling 813.222.1002.

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