Rain delay, then winning ballet

Posted on Wed, Mar. 12, 2008

Rain delay, then winning ballet
18 Rock dancers have power enough at Youth Grand Prix in Swarthmore.

By Ellen Dunkel

For The Inquirer
Ballet is not often rained out.

But after dozens of “Don Quixote” variations and a passel of “Paquitas,” the Youth America Grand Prix regional semifinals had to be postponed Saturday night when heavy rain and high winds knocked out the power at the Swarthmore College competition site.

The semifinals are the gateway to next month’s YAGP finals in New York, where regional winners from dance programs around the world will compete for prizes and opportunities to study at the schools of ballet’s top companies.

At Swarthmore last weekend, when the lights came back on and the competition resumed and the final numbers were crunched, the Rock stars – top students at Philadelphia’s Rock School for Dance Education – had prevailed. Read more…

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