A Montana-based 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization
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Les Danses de L'Amour

The ultimate expression of love!

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Les Danses de L'Amour Program 
Photo courtesy of Lauren Brown

Recent press articles about Les Danses de L'Amour:
Bozone Magazine - May 2012 - Youth Arts in Action presents Les Danses de L'Amour

Bozeman Magazine - May 2012 - Just call me Cindy

Les Danses de L?Amour is back by popular demand!
Youth Arts in Action presented dances of love in a spectacular benefit ballet gala at the Emerson Cultural Center in Bozeman. Performances featured Montana born ballerinas, Maria Sascha Khan and Nadia Khan of the Bayerisches Staatsballett in Munich, Germany returning from tours to China and Europe. Gala included International Ballet Stars from San Francisco Ballet, Staatsballett Berlin, American Ballet Theatre and Bayerisches Staatsballett performing both classical and contemporary dance along with a special presentation.

Inspirational personal stories, included a dancer who came from an African orphanage and has gone on to be featured in the award winning film First Position, the TV show Dancing with the Stars, and performs with American Ballet Theatre.

Fairy Tea for the Arts...Russia!

Snow Maiden
Youth Arts in Action presented its annual benefit event, ?Fairy Tea for the Arts...Russia!?on Saturday,
January 7th at Bozeman's charming Gallatin Gateway Inn from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. This year?s event celebrated Russian Christmas Day and featured a magical Tea with fairy-themed tables, Russian treats including Turkish Delight, Russian handicrafts including Matryoshka dolls, photos in an enchanting Fire Fairy throne with Father Frost and the Snow Maiden, and a presentation on the amazing Bolshoi Theatre with Julian and Nicholas MacKay, dancers from the Bolshoi Academy!
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David Hallberg with Julian and Nicholas MacKay at the Bolshoi Theatre

* Congratulations to David Hallberg *
First American principal dancer
to join the Bolshoi Ballet!

David Hallberg is pictured above with YAA Artists, Nicholas MacKay and Julian MacKay, training full time at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Moscow, Russia. Photo was taken outside the Bolshoi Theatre stage door following David Hallberg's  historic premiere performance with the Bolshoi Ballet. David graciously autographed and presented the two pairs of ballet shoes he wore in the performance to Nicholas and Julian

Julian MacKay and Polina Semionova

Staatsballett Berlin principal Polina Semionova, one of the ballet world's brightest stars, has donated a pair of autographed pointe shoes to Youth Arts in Action in support of Julian MacKay
( featured in Pointe's October/November issue ) and Nicholas MacKay, who are training at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow.

Pointe gave away the shoes on behalf of YAA to raise awareness of the sponsorship needs of Americans
training at the Bolshoi.

Congratulations to Diana Duncan
from Sacramento,California 
for winning the Pointe Magazine giveaway of
Polina Semionova's pointe shoes!
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See Julian MacKay's end of the year performance at the Bolshoi Theatre on the Pointe channel of Dancemedia.com.

Hear Julian and Nicholas MacKay
on the Radio in Moscow
Interviewed by
The Voice of Russia!

Youth Arts in Action

presented in 2012

the Award Winning Documentary
First Position
Featuring Les Danses de L'Amour performer
Michaela DePrince

"This is a film not just for ballet lovers,
but for lovers of great stories!"

First Postition Movie Poster

Our Mission

The mission of Youth Arts in Action is to inspire, educate and sponsor outstanding young artists who have demonstrated an ability to pursue a professional career in the arts.  We focus on classical dance and the arts that support it, such as fine arts and music.

Email us: mail@youthartsinaction.org

 Teresa Khan MacKay,
Youth Arts in Action's 
Executive Director, received a letter of commendation from Governor of Montana, Brian Schweitzer!

Governor Schweitzer commendation letter

Youth Arts in Action Mentors

- Angelina Armeiskaya -
See our Artist Mentors

Pointe Magazine Cover
Congratulations to Julian MacKay!
featured in Pointe Magazine
Oct / Nov 2010 issue pg 54

Sponsored Artists

Congratulations to
Youth Arts in Action
Award Winners!

Awards Presented at the
Fourth Annual Fairy Tea for the Arts:

McKenna Gadzia -Outstanding Young Artist Award, Classical Ballet - $500
Jennifer Bummer - Judith Younger Hertzens Memorial Scholarship - $500
Julian MacKay - Judith Younger Hertzens Memorial Scholarship - $500
James Schlender - - Outstanding Young Musician Award - $500
Madison McCarthy - Outstanding Young Artist Award, Classical Ballet - $250
Madeline Miller - Rising Star Award - $200
Mary Shaw - Rising Star Award - $200
Sonja McClain - Inspiring Attitude Award - Full Master Class Awarded
Nancy Rich - Inspiring Attitude Award - Full Master Class Awarded
Mikaela Boston - - Inspiring Attitude Award- Half Master Class Awarded
Taya DeFrance - Inspiring Attitude Award - Half Master Class Awarded
Eliese Rider - Inspiring Attitude Award - Half Master Class Awarded
Miriel Waldman - Inspiring Attitude Award - Half Master Class Awarded

Boys Awards

Levi Boston - $25 Gift Certificate to Discount Dance
Graham Branch- $25 Gift Certificate to Discount Dance
Nicholas MacKay- $25 Gift Certificate to Discount Dance
Jack Schwem- $25 Gift Certificate to Discount Dance
$25 Gift Certificate to Discount Dance

Fairy Queen
Willa Devlin


Youth Arts in Action awards scholarships to outstanding young artists who are highly motivated and recognized for their potential for a career in the arts by internationally known teachers. This potential has also been acknowledged through recommendations, acceptance letters and scholarship offers from outside the state. Preference for scholarships in classical ballet is given to those who have been accepted by major institutions such as Royal Ballet School in London, American Ballet Theatre NYC, San Francisco Ballet School, Acadmie de Danse Classique Princesse Grace, and the Bolshoi Academy. Professionals from music and dance are consulted for their award recommendations. Recently, these have included Principal Dancer Wieslaw Dudek from Staatsballett Berlin and Russian ballerina and Professor of Dance
at the University of Utah, Regina Zarhina.

Please visit our Artists page

Please visit our Donations page and become a patron of the arts!

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