Prestigious Monegasque dance institution
The spectacular traditional Gala of the Princess Grace Academy took place at the splendid Salle Garnier from June 21-23, 2019. This highly anticipated event is the perfect opportunity to admire the Academy’s incredibly talented students and high-quality teaching of this prestigious Monegasque institution. Under the direction of the highly accomplished Luca Masala, professors and staff members are committed to providing dancers with a rigorous and multi-faceted education, while offering an overall life experience to these young students under their care, who are away from their families. Excellence and diversity are the cornerstones of the academy, whose mission is to train the next generation of dancers and prepare them for their professional life, increasing their opportunities to join international dance companies.
The 2019 graduates who will soon be leaving to join their companies, were honored during the Gala:
Cristiano La Bozzetta– Compagnie Malandain Ballet Biarritz
Jun Masuda– Compagnie Tulsa Ballet
Keigo Muto– West Australian Ballet Company
This year’s Academy Gala was performed in three acts: Autour de Glazounov, choreographed by Michel Rahn, Francesco Nappa, Julien Guerin, Eugenio Buratti, Roland Vogel, L. Ferro, O. Tweedy, J. Klein and A.C. Meyer; Les Horizons Suspendus, a creation for the Princess Grace Academy and choreographed by Claude Brumachon; and Traverseschoreographed by Jean-Christophe Maillot.
Students were grooving on the dance floor to a series of stunning variations, on their way one day to their upcoming débuts on the professional scene. The diverse pieces in the program allowed dancers to perform different styles, from classical to contemporary and other individual approaches. This was also an opportunity to acknowledge and thank their professors, families, and supporters who have watched them grow and thrive year after year.
The Gala culminated with a vibrant, colorful and exhilarating performance by all the students that draw the loud cheers and applause of the audience, in a festive celebration.
« If you look at a dancer in silence, his or her body will be the music. If you turn the music on, that body will become an extension of what you’re hearing. » Judith Jamison