First Position: where are they now?

If you attended our first-ever, free movie screening August 29th, you'll recall that the acclaimed documentary "First Position" followed 6 young dancers in their pursuit of scholarships and careers at the 2010 Youth America Grand Prix ballet competition. And you might be wondering...

"where are they now?"


DePrince in Glamour Magazine, July 2015.

DePrince in Glamour Magazine, July 2015.

 

Michaela DePrince  danced with the Dance Theatre of Harlem professional company for one year before joining the Dutch National Junior Company. Today she is with the main company. Michaela released a book, "Taking Flight," and an early reader version called "Ballerina Dreams." 
 

 


Housekneckt in a promotional image for The Washington Ballet's "The Nutcracker." 

Housekneckt in a promotional image for The Washington Ballet's "The Nutcracker." 

 

Rebecca Houseknecht   took a position with Septime Webre's Washington Ballet Studio Company but "didn't like having to dance for [her] job" and left after a year. She is now studying speech pathology at Towson University, where she joined the dance squad.

 

 


Zamora

Zamora

 

 

Joan  Sebastian Zamora   studied on full scholarship for five years at the American Ballet Theatre summer program, was granted a full scholarship to The Rock School, and graduated with honors from the Royal Ballet School. His professional career started at the English National Ballet, where he danced for two seasons. He joined the Joffrey Ballet this year. 

 

 


                        Fogarty (photo credit: Ballet Zaida)

                        Fogarty (photo credit: Ballet Zaida)

 

Miko Fogarty   was listed as one of "The Most Influential People of 2011" in the Dance Spirit Magazine.  She had a 3-page spread and was on the cover page for the March 2015 issue. Since her "First Position" experience, Miko has excelled in several major ballet competitions and trained in a number of world-class summer intensives. 

 

 

 

 

 


Aran Bell  is a dancer with the American Ballet Theatre Studio Company. If you attended Augusta Ballet's presentation of this wonderful young ensemble earlier this year, you saw Aran perform live at The Imperial. 


Bommer Yemini @ Princess Grace Academy

Bommer Yemini @ Princess Grace Academy


Gaya Bommer Yemini   won the first prize in the contemporary category at the 2011 YAGP competition. In 2012-13 she was a scholarship student at the Princess Grace Academy in Monaco. 

Marin Rose, Artistic Chair, Board of Trustees