Carmel ballet school wins top honor at international student competition


Staff report

The Indiana Ballet Conservatory took home several of the top awards at the Youth America Grand Prix 2014 Indianapolis Regional Competition on Feb. 14 and Feb. 15, including the following:

First Place Ensembles and First Place Outstanding School (tied)
Alyona Yakovleva-Randall, Indianapolis; Tatiana Pali, Carmel; Alexei Moskalenko, Carmel; Sergey Sergiev, Westfield; and Hailey Agran, Carmel. It was tied for Outstanding School with the Central Indiana Academy of Dance, also located in Carmel.

“Outstanding Choreographer”
Sergey Sergiev, Westfield

2nd Place Pas de Deux
Kohlton Perdue, Carmel; and Julia Rust, Noblesville

First Place Pre-Competitive
Ethan Holder, Indianapolis

Top 12 Pre-Competitive
Jaden Perdue,Carmel; and Biana Sharp, Carmel

First Place Junior Classical & Top 12 Junior Contemporary
Julia Rust, Noblesville

Third Place Junior Classical and Third Place Junior Contemporary
Noah Motter, Indianapolis

Top 12 Junior Contemporary
Daria Afshar, Fishers

First Place Senior Classical and Second Place Senior Contemporary
Olivia Behrmann, Indianapolis

Top 12 Senior Contemporary
Lily Wessel, Westfield

First Place Senior Men’s Classical
Glenn Kelich – Noblesville

First Place Senior Men’s Contemporary and Third Place Senior Men’s Classical
Mark Pecar – Carmel

Third Place Senior Men’s Contemporary and Top 6 Senior Men’s Classical
Sterling Manka – Fishers

The Youth America Grand Prix is the largest international student ballet scholarship competition and its regional competitions in the United States and abroad serve as qualifying rounds for the international New York Finals held in April 2014.

The competition was held over two days at the IU Auditorium in Bloomington before a panel of internationally distinguished judges.

33 IBC students, 7 of them soloists, have qualified to compete on an international stage and represent IBC, and Indiana, amongst top ballet schools from around the world at the Youth America Grand Prix Finals in April.

The conservatory’s artistic director, Alyona Yakovleva-Randall, is thrilled that the students have continued to achieve such wonderful success due to their dedication and professionalism.


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