Ballet Arte Academy directors and students honored at competition

The largest ballet student scholarship competition in the world, the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP), held its semi-finals on Feb. 15-18 in San Diego at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido.The competition is open to students 9-19 and reaches over 7,000 dance students annually by holding auditions in approximately 15 U.S. cities and five international locations.

Its mission is to provide extraordinary educational and professional opportunities to young dancers and act as a stepping-stone to a professional dance career. Each season culminates in the New York Finals where the dancers who qualify receive mentoring, scholarship and professional and performance opportunities.

The YAGP also honors the Outstanding School with an award. In 2014 and 2015 this award was won by Sara Viale and Erlends Zieminch, directors of Ballet Arte Academy in Solana Beach. The award was presented to them again this year. Ballet Arte students, ranging from Pre-Competitive to Senior Divisions, Classical Ballet, Contemporary Dance and Ensemble Groups participated in the semi-finals and earned high marks and placements.

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