By Carrie Seidman,
Sunday, August 21, 2011
For the past three years, he has won the top award for his age at the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) in New York, an international competition for the most elite pre-professionals. He has danced in galas all over Europe and the United States and has recently been invited to perform in Russia and Japan.
He was asked to play the lead role in a Broadway production of “Billy Elliot,” but turned it down for fear it might interfere with his training.
He has been accepted to “every ballet school on the planet,” according to his mother, including the Stuttgart Ballet, the Royal Ballet in London and the Paris Opera Ballet, all offering scholarships and other enticements.
And recently, after getting a special dispensation to perform at an international competition for 16- to 25-year-olds in Milan, he blew away the competition and pocketed a neat 7,000 euros for first place.
And that was before he turned 12 last October.
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