Our dance department is proud to announce that the ensemble group has moved forward to FINALS at YAGP in NYC! This outstanding accomplishment means our dancers have an immediate need to finance the trip (airfare, hotel, per-diem expenses). Will you sponsor a dancer? The team has set up a GoFundMe account for this purpose. Please click and send our dancers confidently to NYC for success!
Fifteen student dancers from CHAMPS Charter High School participated in two days of intense master classes and competitions on the campus of USC at the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix. Bringing home a third place trophy in ensemble performance is a tremendous accomplishment considering the level of competition present. All the other competitors were from pre-professional dance studios and dance companies from around the world. CHAMPS also presented 3 soloists and a Pas de duex at YAGP.
According to the YAGP website, the organization constitutes the world's largest global network for the student ballet scholarships. With its motto, "Ensuring the Future of Dance", YAGP fulfills its mission of dance education through scholarship auditions, master classes, alumni services, educational and outreach activities, performances and films. YAGP reaches over 10,000 dance students yearly through workshops, scholarship auditions, and master classes. This year marks the first time CHAMPS Charter High School students have competed in the international competition. To read more about YAGP, visit their website, http://yagp.org.
In addition to winning third-place in the ensemble performance category, a special award was given for outstanding choreography to CHAMPS choreographer Conny Mathot. Ms. Mathot considered the movement, style and performance characteristics of the dancers in creating a unique routine that embraced the troupe's vision. These awards demonstrate the excellence that CHAMPS continues to achieve in dance. "We were so fortunate to be on the USC campus where students could dance in the beautiful dance studios and learn from some of the most noted dance teachers in the world," said Jaclyn Attefat. "We'd definitely like to go again in the future."
CHAMPS dancers spend around 11 hours per week in studio classes in addition to their regular high school coursework. Whether in competition, exhibitions or performance venues, dance academy students are active around the city, embracing every opportunity to perform.