Japan's Kurachi, Miyake Take First in NY Ballet Contest (News)


New York, April 14 (Jiji Press)—Japan's Kurachi Tarō and Miyake Takumi have won the top places in the men's senior and junior age divisions, respectively, in the Youth America Grand Prix ballet competition in New York.

Kurachi (left) and Miyake post with their first-prize trophies at the Youth America Grand Prix competition in New York. (© Jiji)

Kurachi, 18, from the city of Iizuka, Fukuoka Prefecture, flew to Belgium to learn ballet when he was a ninth-grader and then moved to Germany. He has been studying at a ballet school in New York since September last year.

Miyake, 13, is an eighth-grade student in the city of Marugame, Kagawa Prefecture. He is learning at a local ballet school.

The finals of the contest started on April 7, and the results were announced on Friday. The senior division covers dancers aged 15–19, and the junior division is for dancers aged 12–14.

After the award ceremony, Kurachi told reporters that he was able to please the spectators because he himself enjoyed dancing. He said that he wants to be a principal dancer who can entertain audiences.

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