Gennadi Saveliev
Founder, President,
and Executive Director
of Youth America Grand Prix

IBC Masterclass Weekend Initiative offers a rare and exciting opportunity of a Masterclass with Gennadi Saveliev.


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, it 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.


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 IBC Masterclass Weekend.


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

Mr. Saveliev was trained at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy and the School of American Ballet. He has 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.


Mr. Saveliev’s repertoire included leading roles in Coppelia, 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.


Gennadi Saveliev in his last performance at American Ballet Theater


His additional repertoire included Ballet Imperial by George Balanchine, Clear by Stanton Welch, Diversion of Angels by Martha Graham, Henry VIII by Christopher Wheeldon, In the Upper Room by Twyla Tharp, Les Sylphide by Mikhail Fokine, Petite Mort by Jiri Kylian, Symphonie Concertante by George Balanchine, Theme and Variations by George Balanchine, and Without Words by Nacho Duato.


Mr. Saveliev has worked with such renown choreographers as Yuri Grigorovich, Lar Lubovich, Kevin McKenzie, Ben Stevenson, John Neumeier, and Twyla Tharp.


Gennadi Saveliev frequently partnered with Nina Ananiashvili, Alexandra Ansanelli, Irina Dvorovenko, Alessandra Ferri, Paloma Herrera, Julie Kent, Sarah Lamb, Gillian Murphy, Xiomara Reyes, Diana Vishneva, and Michelle Wiles.


Mr Saveliev has appeared as a Guest Artist throughout the United States and has extensively toured in Europe, Egypt, Brazil, Argentina, Japan, and China. His Guest Artist appearances include such spectacular events as Alessandra Ferri and Friends (Italy), Angel Corella and Friends (Spain), Ethan Stiefel and Stars (USA), Gala of International Stars (Korea), Radio City Music Hall Chinese New Year Spectacular (USA), Spoleto Dance Festival Closing Night Gala (Italy), Stars of International Ballet (USA), Stars of the 21st Century (USA), and Youth America Grand Prix Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow Gala (USA).


IBC MasterClass Weekend is your invaluable opportunity to be seen by Mr. Saveliev in a smaller and more focused working class setting, and to get personal corrections on important details of your training.