Portuguese American Journal

YAGP 2012: Valentina Codinha top 10 world ballerina – NYC

Portuguese junior ballet dancer, Valentina dos Santos Codinha, 15, won 3rd place at the 13th Youth America Grand Prix.

Valentina is a student at The National Conservatory Dance School [Escola de Dança do Conservatório Nacional] of Lisbon, Portugal.

The competition is held annually around the world and in New York City, and is open to dance students of all nationalities 9-19 years old.

In its 13th Season, YAGP has awarded over $2 million in scholarships to the leading dance schools worldwide. Over 25,000 dancers worldwide have participated in YAGP’s international workshops, competitions, and audition classes.

TOP 12 Feminine

1. Hannah Bettes (16) Next Generation Ballet Patel Conservatory, FL, USA

2. Jennifer Bummer (15), Dmitri Kulev Classical Ballet Academy, CA, USA

3. Valentina dos Santos Codinha (15) Escola do Cons. Nacional, PORTUGAL

4. Tyler Donatelli (15), Southland Ballet Academy, CA, USA

5. Nagisa Hatano (17), Kamiya Kumiko Ballet School, JAPAN

6. Gayeon Jung (19), Korean National University of the Arts, REP. of KOREA

7. Liu Xue Chen (16), Beijing Dance Academy, P.R. of CHINA

8. Tiana Lovett (15), Lovett Dance Center, CA, USA

9. Soyun Park (15), Sunhwa Arts High School, REP. of KOREA

10. Deanna Pearson (17) Akhmedova School of Ballet, MD, USA

11. Qiu Yun Ting (16), Beijing Dance Academy, REP. of KOREA

12. Sofia Martinez Rios (15) En Pro Del Talento Veracruzano, MEXICO

Established in 1999, Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) is the world’s largest student ballet scholarship competition that awards over $250,000 annually in scholarships to leading dance schools worldwide. The 2012 YAGP Finale was held in April, at the Linclon Center, New York City.


Valentina Codinha Performace






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