One year ago, YAGP finished its last semi-final of the 2020 Season in Toronto, Canada, after which North America, like the rest of the world, was completely shut down. While no one could have predicted the full extent of what was to come in the weeks and months that followed, that same Toronto Semi-Final was the very last live dance event of 2020 — and we are proud to have been the very first ballet organization to begin performances again (safely, of course, with strict adherence to local health and safety guidelines) later in the year.
Now, a full year later, if there is one word that has encapsulated the overwhelming feeling of the YAGP 2021 Season thus far, it is hope.
After a prolonged absence from the stage, thousands of young dancers from across the country have begun performing again in a safe, socially distanced environment at the YAGP 2021 Season Semi-Finals. Beyond the U.S., YAGP has continued to reach dance students from all corners of the globe through a series of online master classes, seminars, and other virtual events and educational programs with our international partners.
Dancers around the world have risen to the challenges of the times, exhibiting tremendous dedication, professionalism, and artistry. And, at this time, YAGP remains one of the only ballet organizations offering young dancers a chance to dance LIVE ON STAGE this season. Thanks to you – our participants, parents, teachers, schools, and friends worldwide – we can continue forging new ways of serving the young artists of tomorrow while remaining at the forefront of global dance education.
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