The Japan News by The Yomiuri Shimbun
April 11, 2014
[New York City, New York, USA] – Japan’s Haruo Niyama won first place Thursday in the senior division for men in this year’s Youth America Grand Prix, one of the world’s largest student ballet competitions.
The senior division is for dancers aged 15 to 19. Niyama, a 17-year-old high school student in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, drew attention after winning the top prize in the 2014 Prix de Lausanne, a prestigious international competition for young ballet dancers, in February.
“I think he was under pressure after winning the top prize in Lausanne,” his 26-year-old sister, Hitomi, said. “I’m happy he was able to dance as usual,” she said.
Jun Masuda, a 13-year-old from Osaka Prefecture, also won first place in the YAGP’s junior division for men aged 12 to 14.
The U.S. ballet competition is held annually in New York and is open to student dancers of all nationalities aged 9 to 19.
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