#TBT: American Ballet Theatre Stars at YAGP

November 28, 2001

Last night, I attended the final round of Youth America Grand Prix’s New York City finals. Every year, I’m overwhelmed by the level of talent at the competition, and this year was no exception. There’s nothing more exciting than spotting the stars of tomorrow, today.

Many of today’s stars are YAGP alums, too. The organization recently created a “YAGP archive” channel on YouTube, featuring the competition videos of dancers who went on to become top professionals. Here are two of my personal favorites: American Ballet Theatre principal Hee Seo at 15, and ABT soloist Isabella Boylston at 14. They’re both dancing the same Sleeping Beauty variation—and they’re both clearly destined for big things. Happy #ThrowbackThursday!