The 2013 Youth America Grand Prix Competition (YAGP) for the San Francisco Bay Area (Semi-Finals) was held February 22 - 24, 2013. Congratulations to all our YAGP performers! We hope that all of you are inspired and will continue to perfect your technique and performance on stage. You have made your parents so proud of you. All of you danced beautifully. Special congratulations to one of our performers who placed in the top 10 for the Junior Classical category.
The YAGP Finals competition will be held in New York on April 12, 2013.
Also, please remember to give Ms. Rachel two extra copies of your CD music for the Annual Showcase and PPDC rehearsals.
Please attend the PPDC rehearsals for the ensemble/group dances and to run through your solos.
2012 YAGP Competition
The 2012 Youth America Grand Prix Competition (YAGP) for San Francisco was held Friday and Saturday, February 24-25, 2012, at the Bay Side Performing Arts Center, 2025 Kehoe Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403. YAGP Master Classes were held on Sunday, February 26, 2012, 10:00am to 3:00pm, at San Francisco Ballet, 455 Franklin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102.
Rachel's Ballet is proud of our students who represented our school in this year's competition. Congratulations to our individual and team competition students. Your performances were clean and professional; you looked beautiful on stage. Special congratulations of one of our students for placing in the top 12 of the pre-competitive category. Many thanks to our dedicated coaches (Isabelle, Maria, Leigh Ann & Vivian) for their hard work and choreography and to our parents for their support.
2011 YAGP Competition
Congratulations to all our participants for doing their best in this year's 2011 Youth America Grand Prix Competition (YAGP) on February 25 - 26, 2011. The teachers are all so pleased with your performance and how you represented our school.
Special congratulations to three of our solo students who finished in the top 12 in the Pre-Competitive group.
Special congratulations to one of our solo students and our Intermediate Ensemble students who were invited to the 2011 New York City Workshop with top choreographers and teachers.
The Sunday YAGP Workshop at the San Francisco Ballet School was a real treat for the dancers and Ms. Rachel is certain everyone benefited from the coaching.
The Honor dances and Solos entered in the YAGP competition will be presented and featured at the Rachel’s Ballet Annual Showcase in May 2011.
2010 YAGP Competition
Rachel's Ballet continued to be represented in the Youth America Grand Prix Competition (YAGP) for a second year.
For the first time we had a student, Miranda Tan, place in the top 12 in the Pre- Competitive Group at the 2010 YAGP U.S. Semi-Finals in San Francisco, CA.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) about YAGP Competition
What is YAGP? Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) is the largest student ballet scholarship competition, awarding over $250,000 each year in scholarships to leading dance schools worldwide. It is held annually around the world (regional levels) and in New York City (Finals), and is open to dance students, ages 9 - 19 years old, of all nationalities. YAGP's level of reputation as a showcase for dance students from America and abroad is such that even passing the preliminary round to be selected to participate in the New York City Finals gives a participant an important distinction and a boost to her/his professional dance career.
A regional YAGP competition is held each year in the San Francisco area in February.
Participants who compete as soloists perform a classical ballet dance and a contemporary dance. Participants may also compete as a member of an ensemble (group) dance.
How does Rachel's Ballet select students to represent our school at the YAGP competition? Rachel's Ballet invites selected students to represent our school at this annual prestigious competition. YAGP solo students are those exceptional dancers who participate in the class group dance, Pre-professional Dance Company (formerly Honor Class) group dance, Nutcracker ballet, and seek an even greater challenge. To be considered for YAGP competition each year, a student must exhibit the work ethic and talent of a potential professional dancer. All students who desire to participate in the YAGP competition absolutely must perform in our Nutcracker ballet production. Half of the YAGP score is based on performance. If a student does not embrace every opportunity to perform, it indicates that she/he does not have the enthusiasm and dedication it takes to become a professional dancer, and therefore will not be selected for YAGP. YAGP solos are reserved for those few gifted and talented students who have the time and financial means to participate. Each solo student requires the resources of an instructor/choreographer and a private studio time slot, which places even more constraints on our already limited scheduling ability. For this reason, we can only extend invitations for YAGP solos to a small select group of students. Participation is optional; no one is required to accept a solo invitation, especially if it would create a financial hardship.
YAGP solos, however, do not take priority over group dances. Students will not be allowed or extended YAGP solo invitations if they do not participate in group performances such as the class group dance, Pre-professional Dance Company, and the Nutcracker ballet. Teamwork, dancing as a group, is an essential skill that requires practice. The corps de ballet, or body of the ballet, is the permanent part of a ballet company. The corps works as one, with synchronized movements and corresponding positioning on the ballet stage. YAGP students must participate in group dances that reinforce teamwork, not just solos.
While we always train and hope for good ranking results from the YAGP Competition, there are other benefits such as the experience of performing in this international competition, the workshop at San Francisco Ballet School, the exposure of our students’ talents to a wider audience, the possibility of invitations to New York City, and scholarship opportunities.
More photos of our students who competed in YAGP competitions can be seen on our home page.