Youth America Grand Prix alumna Michaela DePrince. Photo by VAM, Courtesy YAGP

How 20 Years of Youth America Grand Prix Has Changed Ballet, By the Numbers

Since its inception in 1999, Youth America Grand Prix has grown to have an outsize impact on the ballet world, with more than 450 alumni now dancing with 80 companies across the globe.


In the last two decades, the student competition has:

  • facilitated more than $4 million in scholarships.
  • hosted auditions in 15 countries.
  • welcomed 100,000 dancers to competitions, classes and auditions.

Aspiring pre-professionals and alumni will descend upon New York City for YAGP's 2019 Finals, April 12–19. It's the culmination of a banner 20th-anniversary season that saw more than 10,000 dancers participate in 27 regional and 10 international semifinals. This year's "Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow" gala will notably feature YAGP alums from American Ballet Theatre in a new work by Melanie Hamrick, set to a Mick Jagger–curated selection of music by The Rolling Stones.

And on April 20, the International Dance School Festival, a performance showcase newly added this year, will give finalists a glimpse of some of the top-tier schools that regularly award scholarships to YAGP competitors.

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Topical Pain Relievers Are the Next Item on Your Dancer Self-Care Supply List

With the stressors of the pandemic still lingering more than one year later, self-care is, rightfully, a priority for everyone right now. But dancers have always known the importance of keeping their bodies and minds as healthy as possible. After all, your body is your instrument, and as we make our long-awaited returns to the studio and stage, finding self-care strategies that work for you will be crucial to getting back up to speed—mentally and physically—with your rigorous performing and training schedule.

Dancers have a myriad of options to choose from when it comes to treating minor ailments like soreness, swelling and bruising. One that's quickly gaining popularity are topical pain relievers, which provide targeted, temporary relief of minor pain. These days, there's more than just your tried-and-true Tiger Balm on the shelves. From CBD lotions to warming gels and patches, finding the product that's right for you can be as difficult as finding the perfect Rockette-red shade of lipstick…but even more beneficial to your dance career.

Read on for our breakdown of some of the most common ingredients to look out for in the topical pain relief aisle.

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May 2021