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Dancing Arts Center Students Compete in Youth America Grand Prix Finals

Dancing Arts Center is proud to announce that two of its students are competing in the Youth America Grand Prix finals held at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, Florida from May 10-16, 2021.
Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP), the world’s largest global network of dance, each year hosts a season of regional semi-finals for top ballet and contemporary dance students in the U.S. and around the world, culminating in the YAGP finals. Trevor PinterParsons, age 18, and Clementine “Coco” Perrott, age 12, both of Holliston, will attend master classes and perform classical and contemporary solos in their age divisions while competing in Tampa. Mr. PinterParsons is one of over 65 finalists in Senior Men’s Category and will be dancing the Act III Franz variation from Copèlia and “Emergence” for his classical and contemporary solos. As one of over 160 in the Junior Ladies’ Category, Miss Perrott will be dancing the Cupid variation from Don Quixote for her classical solo and “One Morning in June” for her contemporary. Both students train under the direction of Gregg Saulnier and Patrick Notaro at Dancing Arts Center in Holliston.
For well over a decade, Dancing Arts Center students have been participating in the regional YAGP semi-finals, which this year took place March 19-21 at the Hanover Theater for the Performing Arts in Worcester, Massachusetts. Dancing Arts Center brought six dancers to the competition: Mr. PinterParsons, Senior Men’s Category; 15-year-old Gabrielle Schmid of Holliston, 12-year-olds Jacqueline Vaughn of Holliston, Julia Kerins of Upton, and Miss Perrott, all in the Junior Ladies’ Category; and Avery Marion, age 11, of Holliston in the Pre-Competitive Category. Mr. PinterParsons placed 3rd in Senior Men’s Classical and top six in Senior Men’s Contemporary. Miss Perrott placed 3rd in her category with her classical solo, while Miss Schmid placed in the top twelve in her category performing the Act I variation from Giselle.
“We are incredibly proud of all our students for continuing their training through this challenging year and overcoming many physical and emotional challenges, and in spite of the difficulties flourishing and thriving,” said Mr. Saulnier. “Our YAGP competitors especially have demonstrated so much dedication in taking on the extra preparation and work for these events. It gives us great hope for what’s to come, not only for their growth and development as young people but for the future of this art form.”
About Dancing Arts Center:
Dancing Arts Center provides world-class instruction in classical ballet, modern dance, improvisation, tap, jazz, and choreography, and is proud to include the American Ballet Theatre® National Training Curriculum.
Located in the Metrowest Boston area, DAC has professionals from around the world, New England and the U.S. teaching dance to students of all ages with the mission of creating a deep understanding of dance through in-depth instruction, creative expression, and exploration. Its variety of performance opportunities through the year, exceptional summer program, and exposure to professional companies provides a foundation for dance that encourages emotional, physical and intellectual growth.