Jean Shafiroff surrounds herself with a younger crowd for Youth America Grand Prix kick-off celebration
Picture this…it’s Friday night on the Upper East Side and Jean Shafiroff is hosting a cocktail reception at her Park Avenue lair and a majority of the crowd are dancers and millennials.
This was not the usual scene that we have observed our favorite Upper East Sider surround herself with. However, last Friday night Mrs. Shafiroff hosted the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) 20th Anniversary Season cocktail party.
YAGP alumni dancers attending included Kimin Kim (Mariinsky Ballet), Dylan Gutierrez (Joffrey Ballet), Sasha De Sola (San Fransisco Ballet), Angelo Greco (San Francisco Ballet), Calvin Royal III (American Ballet Theatre) as well as Mariinsky Ballet’s Xander Parish,Viktoria Tereshkina, Anastasia Nuikina, Maria Khoreva, Daria Ionova, Yuri Fateev, and Joffrey Ballet’s Artistic Director Ashley Wheater.
The hostess greeted her guests in a hot pink Oscar de la Renta dress. The late-night soiree followed a performance of the Balanchine Festival at City Center and went into the wee hours with dancers and ballet patrons sipping champagne around her dining table.
Youth America Grand Prix is the largest global network of dance. YAGP fulfills its mission of dance education through scholarship auditions, master classes, alumni services, performances, educational and outreach activities. 2019 is YAGP’s 20th Anniversary season! Over the past 20 years the organization has provided opportunities to 80,000 dancers worldwide and have gifted talented young dancers more than $3.5 million in scholarships to leading dance schools and companies around the world.