From November 2 to 5, ADEcompany, the dance school from Lanaken, traveled again to participate in the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) in Paris. YAGP is one of the largest dance competitions and dance networks in the world for classical and contemporary dance. Artistic director Stefano Giuliani is very enthusiastic: “After we won prizes last year, we participated this year with no fewer than 6 young dancers.”
Julia (11), Katelin (13), Jetro (13), Marie (14), Amelie (16) and Isabel (16) each performed one or more classical or modern choreographies. Amelie and Isabel also danced a duet. In addition, together with other young dancers from different countries, they attended workshops given by internationally renowned dance teachers. “And that’s what it’s all about,” said Giuliani, “gaining experience at an international level, coming into contact with passionate dancers from abroad.”Jetro Thijs danced at a very high level and came away with a very good second place for classical ballet. In the Juniors-Contemporary category he once again blew everyone away, which earned him another gold medal. These top results earned him no fewer than three valuable prizes: a short-term scholarship at the Mosa Ballet School in Liège and a short-term scholarship for the Royal Ballet School in London and a full-year scholarship at the Dutch National Ballet School in Amsterdam. Jetro previously also won scholarships and internships at the ballet schools of Birmingham, London and Amsterdam, among others.