Gennadi Saveliev

IBT MasterClass Series 


IBT Academy offers an exciting opportunity of MasterClasses with Gennadi Saveliev, Founder, President, and Executive Director of Youth America Grand Prix. 



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In 1999 Gennadi founded the Youth America Grand Prix together with his wife, acclaimed Larissa Saveliev. Under their Artistic Direction YAGP quickly became the largest international student ballet competition in the world. In 15 years, YAGP awarded over $3 million in scholarships worldwide. One of the most prestigious competitions in the world, YAGP boasts over 50,000 alumni, over 300 of which now dance with 80 prestigious professional dance companies all around the globe, including but not limited to American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Paris Opera Ballet, The Royal Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and Washington Ballet.


Gennadi Saveliev in Ukrainian folk dance Gopak known for its impossibly high jumps


YAGP founders Gennadi Saveliev (left) and Larissa Saveliev (right) teaching MasterClasses at IBT Academy in 2016 and 2017


Mr. Saveliev’s famed dance expertise, his memorable high jumps and colorful character and soloist roles along with his unique insight into what do competition judges look for in competing students’ variations, is a guaranteed asset to all those attending IBT MasterClass Series.


Trained at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy and the School of American Ballet, Mr. Saveliev studied with such distinguished teachers and coaches as Sergei Berezhnoi, Pyotr Pestov, Mikhail Lavrovsky, Stanley Williams, Eleanor D’Antuono, and Cynthia Gregory.


In 1996 Mr Saveliev, at the time a member of the legendary Bolshoi Ballet, won a silver medal at the New York International Ballet Competition, and joined American Ballet Theater where he has danced for 16 years before retiring in 2012.


Gennadi Saveliev in his last performance at American Ballet Theater


Mr. Saveliev’s repertoire included leading roles in Coppélia, Don Quixote, Giselle, La Bayaderé, Le Corsaire, Les Sylphides, Manon, Raymonda, Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, Sylvia, The Sleeping Beauty, Taming of the Shrew, The Merry Widow, and The Nutcracker.


“I am so looking forward to another Gennadi Saveliev's class, which I have taken here at IBT before. I plan to focus on my jumps and look forward to some helpful tips. Gennadi gives great individual attention, and thoughtful corrections, along with a contagiously uplifting attitude towards ballet,” says 15 y.o. Gunar Daniels, IBT Academy Level 5 student.