Performance Opportunity

Performance opportunities are a very important part of an overall dance education. American Youth Ballet stages two full length Ballets each School year. One of our performances is the Nutcracker in December which in the past has been at the Lycian Center for the Performing Arts in Sugar Loaf NY. AYB’s second performance, which is held in the spring, is also being held at the Lycian Center for the Performing Arts. This year’s performance will be Sleeping Beauty, last year it was Thumbelina.

AYB also participates in two large, well respected competitions:
Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP)
Youth Dance Festival of New Jersey (YDFOFNJ)

YAGP is the largest student dance competition in the World with coveted prizes of entry to prestigious international dance companies and scholarships to schools and university programs.
The goal of Festival of New Jersey is to create an opportunity for local and surrounding dance schools to share their knowledge and enjoyment of dance through performance. Young dancers benefit from exposure to different approaches and are encouraged to challenge their skills before an audience.

Natasha Bar, our studios founder, has coached several students who have won medals in these competitions. Some of these students are:
Christine Shevchenko who now dances with American Ballet Theater (ABT).
Amanda Hill who is studying dance at University of the Arts.
Philip Martin-Nielson who is training at School of American Ballet.

Our students have also successfully auditioned for prestigious University Ballet programs and year round training programs. Some examples are: School of American Ballet, University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, University of the Arts, Point Park University, and Hofstra University.

Dancers have also successfully auditioned for prestigious summer intensives. Some examples are: Bolshoi Ballet School, Kirov Academy, Chautauqua School of Dance, North Carolina Dance Theater, and Saratoga Summer Dance Intensive.

The performance opportunities and coaching by our staff give our dancers an advantage at auditions, and prepares them for challenges in life.