The Jakarta Post
Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP), a global dance network that promotes dance education, plans to organize a workshop and competition in Indonesia. Slated to run in October, the event would take place at Studio Theater Jakarta with three categories: pre-competitive for ages 9-11, junior for ages 12-14 and senior for age 15 and above.
Outstanding participants of YAGP Indonesia may expect the opportunity to be invited to the YAGP New York finals in 2019.
Prior to the inaugural YAGP event in Jakarta, Indonesian ballerina Rebecca Alexandria Hadibroto from the Marlupi Dance Academy won first place in the pre-competitive category of the YAGP 2018 finals in New York, held last April.
During her participation in the competition, the now-12-year-old Rebecca was also among a few selected dancers to perform at a gala titled Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow. She was the only Indonesian dancer performing at the gala, among fellow dancers hailing from many countries including Portugal, Brazil, South Korea, Japan and the US.
The gala was staged at the prestigious David H. Koch Theatre, Lincoln Center, New York City, and Rebecca’s task was to perform the Fairy Doll variation, a classical piece that was premiered at the Vienna Court Opera back in 1888.
Rebecca’s achievements to date result from a long journey of competitions. She earned her direct entry to the YAGP 2018 New York finals after earning the Hope Award at the YAGP semifinals in Shenzen, China.
The Marlupi Dance Academy said in a press release that Rebecca had also been a finalist in the Taiwan Grand Prix ballet competition, and ended up winning the first place and being offered scholarships for several prestigious ballet schools.
Following her recent win at the YAGP finals, Rebecca was featured in a YouTube video created by Jordan Matter, a New-York based portrait photographer known for his dance photos and books.
Upon Rebecca’s success, her coach Claresta Alim, who is the founder and artistic director of Indonesia Dance Company, said nothing was impossible with hard work, discipline and positive thinking. (mut)