TULSA, Okla. – February 22, 2012 –Tulsa Ballet’s Center for Dance Education (TBCDE) celebrates the success of its students who participated in the Youth American Grand Prix held in Dallas, TX, from February 3-5, 2012.

Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) is the world’s largest student ballet scholarship competition that awards over $250,000 annually in scholarships to leading dance schools worldwide. The competition is held annually around the world and in New York City, and is open to dance students of all nationalities 9-19 years old.

TBCDE won several distinguished awards including Best School, Best Ensemble and Best Choreographer (Ma Cong). In the Senior Classical Category, out of 83 competitors, Bobbie Lynn Kandravi won First Place, Calley Skalnik won Second Place and Madison Pride and Grace Chanslor placed in Top Twelve. In the Senior Classical Men’s Category, out of 12 competitors, Nikolas Gaifullin won First Place. In the Senior Contemporary Category, out of 48 competitors, Madison Pride won Second Place and Michaela Harrington placed in Top Twelve. In the Senior Contemporary Men’s Category, out of 7 competitors, Nikolas Gailfullin won Second Place.

“We are so proud of the way our students represented our school and the city ofTulsa,” Director of Education and Outreach Stacey Jenkins said. “In a field of more than 400 competitors, TBCDE students took top medals in everycategory they entered. The exceptional quality of their instruction was noted by judges and teachers alike and their talent was undeniable. Now on to New York for the YAGP International Finals!”

About Tulsa Ballet

Tulsa Ballet is a professional ballet company whose purpose is to serve as an essential asset of its extended community through internationally-acclaimedartistic excellence and exemplary education and outreach. Regarded as one of the top ballet companies in North America and recognized as a leader in thefield, Tulsa Ballet consistently brings the finest works of the classical and contemporary repertory to the Oklahoma stage, presenting the same works, and sharing the same world-renowned choreographers with the top dance organizations in the world.
For more information about Tulsa Ballet visit www.tulsaballet.org.

Katie Selvidge, Community Relations Coordinator
(918) 392-5903 – katie.selvidge@tulsaballet.org