On the heels of The Nutcracker, some of our Next Generation Ballet (NGB) dancers are arduously training for their next performance, one which could be the start of a ballet career.
Nearly forty of our Patel Conservatory/NGB students will be competing in the upcoming Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) regionals in Tampa in January. The competition brings in judges from prestigious ballet schools from around the world.
“This is the most students I have ever overseen,” said Peter Stark, NGB artistic director. Stark has coached many students to success at YAGP competitions, including NGB New Artist Hannah Bettes, who won first place in the junior women’s division at the YAGP finals in New York City in March, 2011.
Our burgeoning ballet program has attracted talent from around the country, with many new NGB trainees (advanced-level students on a pre-professional ballet track) this year.
Instead of going on Christmas break, students are rehearsing over the next few weeks. Those who qualify at the regional competition will move on to the finals in the spring of 2012.
Best of luck and success to the following students who have qualified for regionals this year: