We are excited to provide Ensemble Ètoile students with the unique opportunity to participate in the prestigious Youth American Grand Prix Ballet Competition. YAGP is the world’s largest student ballet scholarship competition which awards over $250,000 annually in scholarships for students to further their ballet education creating momentum towards a professional career. The YAGP competition is open to all dance students between the ages of 9-19 years old. The preliminary auditions are held in major cities worldwide culminating with the finals in New York City.
As Artistic Director for Norwalk Metropolitan Youth Ballet, Mr. Adam encourages families to consider this as an important addition to their child’s dance education. Children who represent NMYB at YAGP have two options to do so, either as an Ensemble Member or a Soloist competitor. Beyond supporting your child’s technical and artistic studies, participation in such an internationally respected program allows our dancers to realize firsthand the personal satisfaction of fulfilling a commitment and meeting the challenges associated with such a prestigious and honorable goal.
This year, NMYB will present ensembles and a number of Classical and Contemporary soloists. Ensemble Members and Soloists are chosen at the discretion of the Artistic Director with input from the Artistic Advisory Board. Selected dancers will be notified of their acceptance in the spring of the previous dance season. Only dancers who have been accepted into the Ensemble Ètoile will be eligible to participate in YAGP.
For more information on the Youth American Grand Prix Ballet Competition, please visit http://www.yagp.org/.
VAM, Location: YAGP Philadelphia Regional Semi-Finals
“YAGP was one of the most professional experiences I’ve had. From the training to the competing I felt like I was moving towards my dream of becoming a ballet dancer!”
Emma Kelly, Senior, Classical Soloist
“The entire experience of The Youth American Grand Prix, from all the training to the performance weekend, was so fun and rewarding for all the girls and families involved. Adam’s leadership and mentorship brought about a special camaraderie and a new and exciting challenge in dance that the girls will always treasure.”
Renee Molnar, Parent of past Ensemble Member
“YAGP gave me a glimpse of what my profession may be like in the future: a life of dedication, perseverance and gratification.”