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By Carrie Seidman,
Sarsota Herald-Tribune
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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    • vinnie lauten
    • Posted September 7, 2011 at 10:01 pm
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    I have watched Aran Bell the last 3 years at the YAGP in NY finals and win the awards. He truly stands out amongst the competition similar the way Kiril Kulish did before him. Being from the New York area I can only imagine the impact Aran would have had if he would have accepted the Billy Elliot role. Nevertheless, I hope he his guided and chooses well in his future. Balanchine said he wanted dancers who HAVE to dance, not just want to dance. This is Aran!! I will anxiously follow his future in dance and hopefully he will decide on the JKO or SAB schools in Manhatten.

  1. I just saw the documentary First Position. Aran was one of those kids you wanted to see succeed. Right when I saw his bit at the beginning, you knew that he was born to do it.

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