Youth America Grand Prix


Frequently Asked Questions

Participants who require assistance in finding choreography for contemporary entry are welcome to check our Contemporary Choreographer List.

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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

How can I register?
Registration for the 2015 season opens on July 1, 2014.  You can register both solos and ensembles online at our website here [].  Make sure you read over all of your information carefully for any mistakes before submitting!

How can I pay?
After submitting your registration,  you should automatically be redirected to our PayPal page where you can enter your payment information.  Please notate your student's name and venue in the notes section.   You may also call 410-869-0088 with your Visa or MasterCard information.  Please note that payment is due in full at the time of registration.

How do I know my registration and payment information has been received?
You will receive a form email shortly after submitting your online  registration that includes the city you registered for and the amount you paid via PayPal.   You will also receive a formal confirmation email from our office no later than 2 weeks after submitting your registration.  It will include  important information regarding your performance, record of payment,  hotel accommodations, and our music submission policy.  

What is the cut off date for each event?
YAGP will close registration if/when we reach our maximum capacity.  We highly encourage all students, parents, and teachers to register as soon as possible to ensure your attendance at the venue of your choice.  

How many solo’s may I perform?
There is no limit to the number of solos you may perform during a Regional Semi-Final event.  However, YAGP wishes to stress the importance of quality over quantity when making decisions regarding the number of pieces you will be preparing.  YAGP also reserves the right to restrict the number of variations if there is an issue of overcrowding.  

What are the Master Classes and is there an additional fee?
The Master Classes are a unique opportunity YAGP provides it participants.  Students will take approximately 3 classes taught by the Jury Panel, who saw/will see them perform during the competition weekend.  There is no additional fee for these classes - it is included in your registration fee.  Please note that while payment is mandatory, attendance is not and you will not be penalized if you are unable to attend.  

How do I pick a Classical Variation?
Classical Variations should be selected from the Classical Repertoire list found in the Rules and Regulations.  If you choose to perform a variation not on the list, please note that you will be responsible for all copyright negotiations.  

What is a “Contemporary/Open” Solo?
The Contemporary/Open Solo category should be seen as an open category where the participant selects a piece that shows off their strengths as a dancer outside of classical ballet. The entries in this category should compliment your style, strengths, and versatility.  You may select any type of music with the exception of lyrics that are derogatory or inappropriate. Please note that students, parents and teachers are responsible for all copyright negotiations if applicable.

Do I need to enter both Classical and a Contemporary Solos?
No! You do not have to perform a solo in both categories in order to participate at a YAGP Regional Semi-Final Event.  

How do I pass to the New York Finals?
For Juniors and Seniors, you must receive a score of 95 or higher on your CLASSICAL VARIATION.  A score of 95 or higher on your Contemporary Solo does not qualify you to pass to the Finals.   Pre-Competitive students may pass to the New York Finals with a score of 95 or higher on ANY of the pieces they perform at a Regional Semi-Final Event; Classical or Contemporary.   Ensembles that receive a score of 95 or higher are eligible to participate in the New York Finals.  Additional ensembles may be invited to the Finals based on judges’ requests.  

Can the general public watch the Semi-Final competitions?
Yes! Tickets are free for anyone under 21 years or younger or $5 cash at the door for adults over 21 for the entire competition. These tickets may be purchased anytime during the weekend and you may come and go as you please.  Please note that this ticket does not admit you to watch the Master Classes as the workshops are only open to students and teachers.

How can I stream the competition live?
VAM productions has made it possible for your family and friends not attending the competition in person to watch your performance online.  Live-streaming may be found on our website during the competition season.

When entering an ensemble piece, what age category should we enter?
When entering an Ensemble piece, please enter the average age of all the dances in the  “age category” portion of the registration form.  Be sure to also list the DOB’s of each individual member of the ensemble. Judges will know the ages of each member of the ensemble and will adjudicate the piece accordingly. Students in an ensemble piece will take the workshop class appropriate to their age range.

May I compete in more than one regional competition?
Yes! Back by popular demand, students will be allowed to perform in multiple cities pending availability.  Please see the Rules and Regulations for further information.    

What form should my music be in?
All music should be submitted via email in a .MP3 Format to In the subject line of each email it should read: Venue, State, PC, Junior, Senior, or Ensemble, Classical or Contemporary, Last Name, First Name or Name of School, "Title of Piece", Running Time.  Please send 1 piece per email.  A backup CD must be kept available at all times by each participant and/or their representative. Participants must notify the sound technician or YAGP backstage manager of any irregularities in the music (any pauses, sudden volume changes, etc.).

What type of costume should I wear?
No costume is required. The YAGP Jury Panel does not deduct points for competing in basic dance clothing.