CityDance School & Conservatory received the Outstanding School Award at the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) Boston Regional Semi-finals March 19 – 21, 2021, at the Hanover Theatre in Worcester, MA. YAGP is the world’s largest international student dance competition and scholarship program. COVID precautions and safety regulations allowed this competition season to take place in person.
“It is very exciting and a huge honor to be selected from many regional organizations and to be named Outstanding School by YAGP, particularly in these very difficult and challenging times,” said Lorraine Spiegler, CityDance School & Conservatory Founding Artistic Director. “Our school is founded in the important values of equity, excellence, and providing unlimited opportunities to the young talented artists of tomorrow. CityDance Conservatory Dancers are already redefining the art of dance.”
CityDance Conservatory Dancers have participated in the 2020–2021 YAGP Regional Semi-finals in Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania. They have been awarded the highest honors at the competitions including a Hope Award and two Youth Grand Prix Awards. These awards are given to the dancers who, by the consensus of the jury panel, have exceeded all other dancers in classical and contemporary in their age division.
“It is remarkable that in this season our dancers have garnered two Youth Grand Prix Awards and one Hope Award,” said Stanisval Issaev, CityDance School & Conservatory Ballet Master and Nijinsky Award recipient. “These awards speak highly about the quality of training and the level of presentation of our young dancers through outstanding choreography created especially for them, framing their individual personalities and gifts.”
The following CityDance Conservatory Dancers were awarded for their performances at the YAGP Boston Regional Semi-Finals in Worcester, MA:
Hope Award for the pre-competitive age division: Eric Poor
Youth Grand Prix Award for the junior age division: Corbin Holloway
Top 12 Contemporary for the junior age division: Nagi Suzuki
CityDance Conservatory Dancers were also recognized at the YAGP NY Regional Semi-Finals in White Plains, NY, in March 2021:
Youth Grand Prix Award for the junior age division: Rebecca Stewart
2nd Place Contemporary and 3rd Place Classical in the junior age division: Simon Tischler
CityDance Conservatory Dancers also were recognized at the YAGP Regional Semi-Finals in Philadelphia in March 2021:
Top 12 Classical in the junior age division: Ella Berton
3rd Place Contemporary and Top 12 Classical in the senior age division: Madison Sharer
A CityDance Conservatory Dancer was recognized at the YAGP Regional Semi-Finals in Philadelphia in November 2020:
1st Place Classical and 1st Place Contemporary in the pre-competitive age division: Ela Sevillia
CityDance Conservatory Dancers have been invited to compete in the Youth America Grand Prix Finals for North America in Tampa May 10 – 16, 2021.
CityDance is a nonprofit dance institution dedicated to developing the next generation of dance artists and innovators. With five locations across Washington, DC, and Montgomery County, CityDance trains young dancers for professional careers, nurtures talent and achievement through dance, and works to advance the field of professional dance. Anchored in a belief that diversity advances excellence, CityDance works to dismantle barriers and create opportunities that promote equitable access to dance education and performance. Learn more about the CityDance School & Conservatory here.