Saratoga Springs Youth Ballet dancers to attend Regional Dance America Northeast Festival in Harrisburg, PA.

Photo: Susan Blackburn

Capital Region ballet dancers, ages 12-18, will represent Saratoga Springs Youth Ballet this May at the Regional Dance America Northeast Festival. 

In August 2022, Saratoga Springs Youth Ballet (SSYB) was accepted as a new Regional Dance America Northeast member company. It is the only ballet company in the Capital Region and New York state to have been accepted into the organization. 

Regional Dance America is a nonprofit organization that fosters a network of pre-professional dance companies throughout the U.S. It provides increasing opportunity, exposure, and connection for its members to inspire a community of excellence in dance education and performance. To be accepted as a new RDA company member, SSYB went through a rigorous evaluation process which included submitting ballet class and choreograph footage of its dancers. 

This May, 20 SSYB dancers will be traveling to Harrisburg, PA to attend RDA Northeast Festival. During the three-day-long festival, participants attend master classes, seminars, and college roundtables during the day, as well as perform each evening. Dancers from member companies are seen by college and professional training program recruiters and have the opportunity to audition for awards and scholarships. Member company directors network with well-known dance educators and choreographers.

Capital Region residents can support these young dancers at “Ballet at the Bar,” a fundraiser being held from 2-7 p.m., Saturday, March 11 at Artisanal Brew Works. $1 from each draft beer, wine or cocktail will be donated to SSYB. The brewery is located at 617 Maple Ave., in Saratoga Springs. 

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