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Dancer with Carmel Academy of Performing Arts
Invited to Compete in Finals of Prestigious Dance
Competition in New York City in April
Annabel De Luca, a dancer at The Carmel Academy of Performing Arts, has been invited to
compete at the finals of the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) in New York City, April
Carmel, CA, March 20, 2018 — Annabel De Luca, a dancer at The Carmel Academy of Performing Arts,
has been invited to compete at the finals of the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) in New
York City, April 13-20.
De Luca, 14, was chosen by audition and after a performance in San Francisco at the Youth America
Grand Prix competition to compete in the finals in New York City.
“This is a huge accomplishment for Annabel and her instructors, a real stepping stone to the potential of
creating a professional career,” said Carol Richmond, owner of CAPA. “This is a highly prestigious honor
where she will perform and compete with dancers from the world over.”
She will also be attending the Pacific Northwest Ballet in Bellevue, Washington, this summer for their
Summer Intensive Program. She was also accepted into Paris Opera Ballet in Paris, The Kirov Academy in
Washington D.C and the Los Angeles Ballet Academy.
De Luca’s teachers at CAPA are Sandra Burnham and Philip Pegler, CAPA Ballet Director.
Youth America Grand Prix is the world’s largest global network of dance. Dancers worldwide, ages 9-19,
of all economic, ethnic and geographic backgrounds are provided scholarship opportunities, master
classes and audition classes in 25 U.S. cities and eight international locations. YAGP awards more than
$300,000 in scholarships.
Each season culminates in the week-long New York Finals, where more than 1,200 of the world’s most
promising dancers receive in-depth mentoring and greater scholarship, professional, and performance
opportunities. The New York Finals closing night “Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow” Gala
features the students showing the most potential alongside the stars of today’s leading dance
Some of Youth America Grand Prix’s significant achievements include: More than 450 YAGP alumni are
now dancing with 80 companies around the world, including American Ballet Theatre, New York City
Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Paris Opera Ballet, The Royal Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Dutch
National Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and Washington Ballet, among many others.
To identify promising young dance talent, YAGP conducts auditions in 22 cities in the United States and
in Belgium, France, Italy, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Japan, and China among others.
Carmel Academy of Performing Arts
Mission Street & 8th Avenue
Carmel, CA 93923
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Salinas, CA 93901