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Local dancer in top 12 at Youth America Grand Prix finals

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Francisco Serrano / Photo courtesy Sarasota Cuban Ballet School

Francisco Serrano / Photo courtesy Sarasota Cuban Ballet School

Francisco "Panchi" Serrano, a student of the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School, placed in the top 12 in the Men's Senior Division in both classical and contemporary categories at the finals of the Youth America Grand Prix ballet competition in New York City this week.

Serrano, 16, who began serious training only three years ago, was the only dancer among the 12 who was offered a full scholarship for a year to the Royal Ballet School in London.

He is the son of former Sarasota Ballet dancers Ariel Serrano and Wilmian Hernandez, who opened the Cuban-style school in Sarasota less than a year ago.

The Youth America Grand Prix is the world's largest scholarship competition for aspiring ballet dancers. Serrano had previous been named "best overall dancer" at the Atlanta regional semifinals of the YAGP.

Congratulations to the Serrano family and stay tuned for more details!

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Carrie Seidman

Dance/arts critic, Sarasota Herald Tribune
Last modified: April 19, 2013
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