Friday, December 9, 2011

Patel Conservatory hosts YAGP in January, 2012

The world’s largest student ballet competition is coming to the Patel Conservatory at the Straz Center in Tampa this January.

The Patel Conservatory is honored to be hosting the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) regional competition as well as the YAGP Gala the weekend of Jan. 20 through Jan. 22, 2012
“YAGP brings in judges from all over the world who are affiliated with famous ballet schools,” said Melissa Stafford, PCYB principal. “It’s an opportunity for students to be seen and to consider whether they want to pursue a professional dance career.”
Student who qualify at one of the regionals go to the prestigious YAGP finals in New York City next spring.
“If you make it to the final round in New York, it’s a chance to be seen by various schools and professional dance companies for consideration for their summer programs, and who may want to hire them someday,” said Stafford.
The competition brings with it a host of events throughout the weekend.
The regional competition takes place on Friday and Saturday, followed by master classes and an awards ceremony, hosted by Lissette Campos of WFTS ABC, on Saturday.
The weekend culminates with the acclaimed performance of the YAGP Gala tour of Stars of Today Meet Stars of Tomorrow on Sunday.
The prestigious YAGP Gala, which sells out annually in New York City, features stars from top ballet companies performing alongside up-and-coming talent.
Last year, two of our NGB new artists performed in the YAGP Gala in New York. This year, as the winner of last year’s YAGP’s Outstanding School Award, the Patel Conservatory’s NGB dancers will perform a piece in the YAGP Gala.
Tickets are on sale now for the Stars of Today Meet Stars of Tomorrow performance in Ferguson Hall on Jan. 22, 2012.

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