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Send Camille to YAGP NY Finals!

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"Little Kids with Big Dreams grow into Big People with Big Missions for Life!"  Karen Salmansohn

Camille, age 9yo, has been dancing nearly as long as she's been living.  From copying her older sister's gymnastics skills and routines, to mimicking her other sisters' ballet variations, Cami is always in motion.  She's spent the last 4 years attending and watching YAGP events, waiting for HER TURN to take the Semi-Finals stage.  She did just that the weekend of February 14-17, 2019, in Houston, TX.  And much to her delight, she placed!

*1st place Classical, Pre-Competitive (9-11yo) Women
*3rd place Contemporary, Pre-Competitive (9-11yo) Women
*1st place Pas De Deux (9-19yo)

To add even more excitement to her FIRST YAGP experience, she qualified and was invited to take 3 of her 4 pieces to the New York stage April 12-20, 2019!  Ever since her sister, Carissa, went to Finals in 2017, it has been Camille's DREAM to dance the YAGP Finals in New York!  We just never thought it would come true so quickly!

YAGP, Youth America Grand Prix, is in it's 20th Anniversary Season as a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing scholarship awards and performance opportunities to aspiring dancers.  Each year an estimated 10,000 dancers compete in Semi-Final events across the US and abroad.  Of these, approximately 1200 dancers are hand selected to compete in the NY Finals event, where representatives from dance academies and companies around the world award scholarships and contracts (to those age-eligible, of course).

Camille is homeschooled, and is a hard working, talented and kind 4th grader.  She trains at Cibolo City Ballet in Cibolo, TX, under the direction of Danae Quevedo, and spends about 15 hours each week in class and rehearsal.  When asked WHY she dances, she responds "because it makes me, and other people, happy."  We would love to make Camille's dream a reality, and help her along her way to her ultimate goal--to be a professional dancer!

How can YOU can help?  We would love to raise funds for airfare, hotel and other travel related expenses.  Traveling to New York for 10 days is expensive!  We'd also covet your prayers and encouragement--Camille will have the opportunity to meet new dance friends, study under some highly recognized and regarded instructors, and perform in front of a much larger audience than she's ever experienced.  Your prayers make a difference!

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Thank you for praying, for giving, and for sharing!
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VAM Productions, official photographer of YAGP (check them out on Instagram!) just uploaded Pre-Competitive photos from Houston 2019. Here are a couple from Camille's contemporary piece, Jungle Harmony, set to an arrangement of Sarabande & Jungle Book by The Piano Guys <3 Can't wait to see this on the NY Finals stage!
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WOW! We just received our preliminary competition schedule for YAGP Finals, and it's feeling REAL! In just over 2 weeks we'll be heading to New York! Here are a couple of photos from Cami's recent competition at STREETZ, where she placed 1st Contemporary, Mini division (8-10yo); 4th Overall Solo, Mini division; Best of Streetz Award; and received a Standout Scholarship in ballet! We are so grateful for your well wishes, your shares and your donations! <3
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This photo was captured from Camille's Houston YAGP competition--Princess Florine variation from Sleeping Beauty (aka "Bluebird")

Thank you so much to everyone who has donated, inquired and messaged us about Camille's upcoming trip to YAGP Finals! She's training and rehearsing daily, and is getting so excited about her first ever airplane ride! Tickets have been purchased, and we are working on the rest of our arrangements. Please keep praying, sharing, and donating--and thank you for supporting our little Peanut! <3
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