|By DWAYNE BUTLER - TimeOut Editor||
February 27, 2014
WAUKESHA - The
Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy announced that Waukesha native
Alaina Andersen, 15, has advanced to the next level of the Youth
American Grand Prix Senior Women Division competition.
compete in the finals of the YAGP in New York City on April 9. The
YAGP is the world’s largest student ballet scholarship competition
that awards more than $250,000 annually in scholarships to leading
dance schools worldwide. The competition is held in locations around
the world and is open to dance students of all nationalities 9 to 19
thrilled by this opportunity to compete,” said Andersen, who began
studying with Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy when she was 9.
“Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy has led me to this point;
it’s my home away from home and my family away from my family.”
Andersen and two
other Milwaukee Ballet School students, Kessia Andersen, 14, and
Claire Buehler, 17, competed at the YAGP in Indianapolis last weekend.
Alaina and Kessia Andersen are sisters.
competed in the senior division and took first place in contemporary
and second place in classical.
competed in the junior division, taking second place in contemporary
and placing in the top 12 of the classical.
has studied with a number of instructors, including Nadia Thompson and
Mireille Favarel, at Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy, which is
directed by Rolando Yanes.
Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy is extremely proud of these
three students,” Yanes said. “We enthusiastically look forward to
supporting Alaina in this next phase of competition, knowing we have
prepared her for her dance career and beyond.”
mother, Jenny Andersen, credited the unique, holistic approach of
Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy as a major factor in her
Ballet School & Academy emphasizes the development of the whole
child,” she said. “Alaina’s instructors have helped her grow not
only as a dancer but as a person, keeping her focused on a goal, while
keeping her modest and respectful of others.”
Jennifer Hackbarth became one of just five Americans to rank in the
top 12 of the YAGP event in New York City, making her the first
Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy student to achieve such the