The Solo Program

Your Competitive Edge:
The Solo Program

The Solo Program gives dancers a chance to hone their skills and gain performance experience at the Youth America Grand Prix [YAGP] or other competitive dance programs.

Solo Program – Youth America Grand Prix

Program director: Kelanie Murphy

Students ages 9-18 enrolled in the Academy Division of the AMB School have the opportunity to participate in the YAGP ballet competition. YAGP is the world’s largest non-profit international student ballet competition and scholarship program, open to dance students of all nationalities.

Acceptance to the YAGP Solo Program is through auditions conducted by AMB School artistic staff. The audition for the 2021-22 program year will be Saturday, July 17, 2021. Pre-registration is required to audition, so please register early to reserve your place! Students accepted into the YAGP Solo Program will be required to sign a letter of agreement. If you have questions or would like more information, please feel free to contact us for a personal response.

Register for the July 17 auditions:
About the YAGP Solo Program

Dancers who participate will learn a classical variation and/or a contemporary solo to perform at a YAGP event. Students will meet with a coach for a 30-minute minimum private lesson per week to prepare for the competition, paid on a monthly tuition basis. Private lessons will have a standing weekly lesson time on Sundays. Private lessons will begin in September and participants will attend a YAGP event in February or March chosen by the AMB School.

You can visit the Youth America Grand Prix website for detailed information. If a participant is interested in taking their variation or contemporary solo to competitions other than YAGP, they must register through the AMB School.

YAGP classical choreography will be taught by YAGP Solo Program director Kelanie Murphy. Contemporary choreography will be set by Halle Clark.

Required Classes/Training

  • Students ages 9-10 must be enrolled in: 1 ballet class and 1 modern/contemporary class at the AMB School for the entire school year.
  • Students ages 11 and older must be enrolled in: 2 ballet classes, 1 pointe or pre-pointe class, and 1 modern/contemporary class at the AMB School for the entire school year.
Fees associated with Youth America Grand Prix
Participation fee$150 1st dance / $50 each additional dance
(due upon enrollment)
Choreography fee$260 per dance – includes 1 hour of private time
(due prior to first rehearsal)
Private lesson tuition2 hours = $130 / 4 hours = $260 per dance
YAGP entry feePaid to YAGP by participant
CostumesPaid by participant
Personal travel expensesPaid by participant
Instructor travelTBD – Instructor travel will be divided among participants

Solo Program – Regional Competitions

Program director: Halle Clark

Dance competitions provide students with additional performing opportunities. Registered AMB School students ages 6-18 are eligible to participate in this program through competitive solos, duets, or trios. Participants will prepare choreographed routines to be performed at regional dance competitions. Students will meet with a coach for a 30-minute minimum private lesson per week to prepare for the competition, paid on a monthly tuition basis. Private lessons will have a standing weekly lesson time on Sundays.

Students participating in the Regional Solo Program will be required to sign a letter of agreement. If you have questions or would like more information, please feel free to contact us for a personal response.

Regional Competition choreography will be taught by Regional Solo Program director Halle Clark. Ms Clark will set the choreography for the following genres: modern/contemporary, lyrical, jazz, tap, and musical theater; and for those not participating in YAGP, ballet and pointe.

Note: If there is an AMB School instructor on staff with whom a dancer would prefer to work or do choreography, please email a request to school@amballet.org  

Dancers will select competitions in which they wish to participate from an AMB School-provided list. All competition fees are due December 1.

Required Classes/Training:

  • Students age 6 must be enrolled in: 1 dance class at the AMB School for the entire school year.
  • Students ages 7-10 must be enrolled in: 1 ballet class, 1 jazz class, and 1 lyrical or modern/contemporary class at the AMB School for the entire school year.      
  • Students age 11 and older must be enrolled in: 2 ballet classes, 1 jazz class, and 1 lyrical or modern/contemporary class at the AMB School for the entire school year.
Fees associated with regional competitions
Participation fee $150 1st dance / $50 each additional dance
(due upon enrollment)
Choreography fee$260 per dance – includes 1 hour of private time
(due prior to first rehearsal)
Private lesson tuition2 hours = $130 / 4 hours = $260 per dance
Competition entry feesTBD – due by December 1
CostumesPaid by participant
Travel expensesPaid by participant
For more information…

If you are interested in the AMB School Solo Program or if you would like more information, please complete this form for a personal response.

Please note: Programs are subject to change without notice. AMB is committed to creating a safe and healthy training environment for our students, staff and families. We observe health & safety protocols created with the advice of medical professionals. For more information, please download the protocols document.