Youth America Grand Prix has invited YAGP Medal winner and Metropolitan Ballet Academy student, Kamryn Baldwin, age 14, to participate in the International Young Medal Winners Ballet Performances at the XVII Annual International Ballet Festival of Miami, on September 6th and 7th. The festival features some of the most important worldwide ballet companies represented by their greatest stars from the USA, Czech Republic, Hungary, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Israel, Argentina, Mexico and Brazil. The Festival is comprised of two Ballet Gala evenings, two Contemporary Performances, Young Medalists of International Ballet Competition performance, Dance Films Series, Fine Art Exhibit based on the dance and more. Each year on the night of the Etoiles Grand Gala Performance, the Festival presents the dance award “A Life for Dance” to prominent worldwide renowned ballet personalities. A second award, “Criticism and the Culture of Ballet” is presented to the most important international dance critics at the Festival Closing Gala.
Kamryn began her studies at Metropolitan at the age of six and is currently a member of Metropolitan Ballet Company, MBA’s pre-professional training program and performing company. Working closely with MBA faculty member Natalya Zeiger, Ms. Baldwin has been recognized with top awards at Youth America Grand Prix for each of the last four years and was most recently awarded 1st Place in the Junior Classical Division, 2012 Philadelphia semi-finals. Ms. Baldwin’s summer studies include Bolshoi Ballet Academy, New York City, with Full Merit Scholarship (2012); and School of American Ballet, also on Full Merit Scholarship (2011). She has appeared in Pennsylvania Ballet’s The Nutcracker since 2007, performing children’s roles as well as the company role of Tea. Highlights of recent MBC repertoire include original roles in choreography by Kanji Segawa, Sarah Mettin, and Carlos dos Santos, as well as the Principal Female in George Balanchine’s Valse Fantaisie.
MBA Artistic Director, Lisa Collins Vidnovic, a former member of Pennsylvania Ballet, is especially proud of her student. “I am so thrilled for Kamryn. I know that she is honored to participate in these performances and grateful to the Youth American Grand Prix for this incredible opportunity. She will represent our community with great pride and artistry.”
Photo credits: Photo: Visual Arts Masters
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