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Orlando Ballet School Wins TOP Honors at YAGP NY Finals April 24, 2018 |

Congratulations to Orlando Ballet Company and School dancers, Emma Guertin, Lorenzo Pontiggia, Joseph Markey, Bella Kirby, Israel Zavaleta and Jolie Lombardo, for competing at the Youth American Grand Prix Finals in New York! Thank you to their choreographers and teachers, your guidance has paved the way for these hard working and talented dancers.

2018 has been another spectacular year for Orlando Ballet School! From earning an Outstanding School Award at the YAGP semi finals and gold medals at the American Dance Competition, OBS students once again put Orlando Ballet School at the top of the ranks during the New York City Youth American Grand Prix Finals.

Jolie Lombardo, Orlando Ballet School Trainee, won 1st place in the Junior Women division. She was invited to dance in the “Stars of Today Meets Stars of Tomorrow” gala, of the 8 soloists performing there was only 1 other American.

Joseph Markey, Orlando Ballet School Trainee, placed in the top 12 Senior Men and was offered an American Ballet Theatre Studio Company contract. In addition, 3 of 4 of Orlando Ballet School’s soloists advanced to the final round of the competition.

Jolie Lombardo, OBS Trainee, and Clark Eselgroth, from International Ballet Academy, placed in the top 6 Classical Pas De Duex. In an interesting turn of events, these two dancers partnered up just weeks before the competition. Jolie Lombardo stepped in for Clark’s injured partner ensuring that Clark could still compete at the YAGP Finals. Full story HERE.


Learn more about YAGP:
“Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) is the world’s largest global network of dance. It fulfills its mission of dance education through scholarship auditions, master classes, alumni services, educational and outreach activities, performances, and films. Each season culminates in the week-long New York Finals, where more than 1,200 of the world’s most promising dancers receive in-depth mentoring and greater scholarship, professional, and performance opportunities.” 



Jolie Lombardo, OBS Trainee, wins 1st place Junior Women’s at YAGP NY Finals


Jolie Lombardo, OBS Trainee and Clark Eselgroth, International Ballet Academy.