Young Turkish ballerina qualifies for finals at Youth America Grand Prix
Esra Ülkar – ISTANBUL
Zeynep Sude Taşdelen, a 15-year-old Turkish ballerina, was one of the best soloists at the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) semi-finals in Barcelona, Spain held on Dec. 6-9.
Taşdelen’s performance at the YAGP Semi-Finals earned her first place in the Classical Dance Category.
Zeynep, a 10th grader at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory, competed with 89 contestants.
Taşdelen is now qualified to compete in the finals to be held in New York on April 12-19, 2019.
The competition process was difficult, the young ballerina said. She also stated that she started doing ballet at the age of nine and expressed her wish to continue her education abroad.
Upon her achievement, many foreign schools offered scholarship opportunities to Taşdelen.
YAPG is the largest non-profit international ballet competition that provides young dancers, aged from 9 to 19, scholarship auditions and master classes. The organization aims to support and educate dancers from all over the world.