Ballet Academy in Arlington Invited to International Competition
By Desire' Lynn Nesmith
Posted on February 04, 2016, February 04, 2016

Ballet Academy in Arlington Invited to International Competition

Photo credit: American Classical Ballet Academy

A group of students from the American Classical Ballet Academy in Arlington have the chance to make their dreams come true after being invited to participate in the Youth American Grand Prix International Finals.

The group of girls, averaging 9 years of age, received an invitation after performing and qualifying at the semifinals in Austin, TX earlier this year. The group competed against groups from the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Japan.

This was the first year that the girls participated in the YAGP Semi-Finals. The American Classical Ballet Academy is also one of the youngest groups to ever qualify for the finals. Approximately 15,000 students compete around the world, but only around 200 are selected. The competition will be held in New York City from April 22-29, 2016.

"This is a huge deal, not only for our girls, but for Arlington," said Mike Young, co-owner of the American Classical Ballet Academy. "We're so proud of these girls and we would like to take them to New York City so they can experience something they worked so hard to earn."

The American Classical Ballet Academy has been operating in Arlington for three years and is an exclusive private school, which accommodates grades 3-12. The school currently has a GoFundMe fundraiser open in hopes of securing the necessary money to make sure the dancers and staff can attend the competition in New York. For more information or to make a donation please visit

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