Rules & Regulations

YAGP 2021 RULES AND REGULATIONS



Please note: Registration Process for YOUTH GRAND PRIX GERMANY start on July 20th 2021.

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In the event of cancellations due to COVID-19, registrations will be moved to an online competition instead and any difference in fees will be refunded.

The health and safety of our participants remains our top priority, and YAGP & YGP Germany will continue to follow all guidelines issued by the RKI Germany, state and local/city governments, and theater policies.

Please refer to YGP Germany website front page for YGP HEALTH CODE! www.ygp-germany.com
Please note the following items of importance regarding the 2022 season in case of covid-19:


  • The Awards Ceremony for each semi-final will be conducted virtually following the competition.
  • To assist students who were unable to find professional placement this year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the Senior Age Division will be extended to include dancers age 20.
  • While costumes have never been a requirement to participate in YGP Germany, we wish to further emphasize that students are welcome to compete in basic dance clothing and do not need to invest in costumes for the 2022 season.



General Information

  • YGP Germany 2021 is open to dance students of all nationalities, ages 9-20 years old. Students younger or older may participate in the Ensemble or Pas de Deux category, as long as the average age of the dancers in the ensemble or Pas de Deux falls between ages 9 and 20. To find the average, add the age of all dancers and divide it by number of the dancers in the entry. The final number should be between 9 and 20.

  • Professional dancers are not permitted to compete in YGP Germany. A professional dancer is defined by YAGP & YGP Germany as anyone who is employed as a full-time dancer (Apprentices are included) with a professional dance company on a yearly contract that engages the dancer at least 26 weeks per year. This includes dancers who are not currently employed under such a contract, but have been in the past.

    • We encourage YGP Germany participants, parents, and teachers to check the YGP Germany website www.ygp-germany.com and FOLLOW YGP GERMANY ON FACEBOOK AND INSTAGRAM for the latest registration information and other updates.

    • Participants may enter the competition as soloists, part of an ensemble or Pas De Deux entry, or in any combination thereof.


• Participants may enter the competition either representing an Independent Student who is participating without a school affiliation, as an Individual Dancer who is affiliated with a school (You must set up an Individual account and obtain your school's 36-digits studio code BEFORE registration can be started ), or the Studio/School may register all participants for YGP Germany. All Ensembles must be registered through a Schools/Studios account.

Attention: If you are registering through multiple accounts (for example: both an Individual account for your solos and a School account for ensembles), it will be Participant's responsibility to notify YGP Germany of the multiple registration fees BEFORE making the second payment. YGP Germany is not liable for registration fees paid twice.


  • In order to compete in the Classical Ballet category, at YGP Germany, dancers must select their variation from the Classical Repertoire List (see below and please note age restrictions on variations).

  • It is the participant's responsibility to obtain approval to present choreography for any variations that require approval listed below.

    • Students are able to perform more than one variation, however, YGP Germany reserves the right to restrict the number of variations a student may perform, restrict the number of events a student attends, or decline any registration at YGP Germany´s discretion.

    •. In all YGP Europe locations, students may only perform up to 2 Classical variations and 2 Contemporary/Open Solos.

    • All solo participants have a choice of performing in one or both of the following categories:

o Classical Ballet: Variation must be chosen from the Classical Repertoire List below.o Contemporary/Open Dance: This category includes any "open solo" variation that is not taken from the Classical Repertoire List and features a different aspect of the participant's skill and versatility as a dancer.

PLEASE NOTE: in order to qualify for US or European Finals, each Junior and Senior participant must perform at least one Classical variation from the repertoire list, provided by YGP Germany.

Once invited to the Finals, all Junior and Senior participants must perform one Classical variation and one Contemporary solo.

• Participants who wish to perform a Pas de Deux from the Classical Repertoire List may perform adagio and coda only.

• Pre-Competitive participants are restricted to the PC-specific Classical Repertoire List. YGP Germany rules allow for Pre-Competitive participants' teachers to make slight changes to the original, classical choreography, in order to accommodate a student's specific technical level. If significant changes are made to a classical variation, or if an original work is choreographed for the student, that piece will be considered as a Contemporary/Open category entry.



PERFORMING EN POINTE

We are strongly committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all dancers, and especially of our youngest participants. Please make sure that you adhere to the guidelines set forth below:

Students Age 10 and under are strictly prohibited from performing en pointe. If participants still choose to perform en pointe, they will not be eligible for any Top 3 placement at that venue. Students Age 11 are strongly discouraged from performing en pointe.

NOTE: Pre-Competitive students performing en demi-pointe may perform any variation from the Junior list of repertoire in addition to the Pre-Competitive repertoire list.

Master Classes with the YGP Germany jury members and master teachers are an integral part of the YGP Germany experience and part of YGP Germany´s educational mission. Though participation is not mandatory, we strongly encourage all participants to take advantage of this valuable part of the YGP Germany experience. Not attending will not affect a participant's score or standing with YGP Germany.

• YGP Germany reserves the right to make photo and/or video recordings at any time during any YGP Germany event. This includes, but is not limited to, the recordings of master classes, participants' rehearsals or performances during the competition, or any activities in the venue lobby or backstage. By participating in YGP Germany, participants and their parents and/or legal guardians give their express permission for YGP Germany to make any photo/video recordings at any time. Also, by participating in YGP Germany, participants and their parents or legal guardians give YGP Germany their express permission to use any such photo/video recordings (including those containing their name or likeness) for YGP Germany promotional purposes (including any uses in print, online, or in social media).

PLEASE NOTE: YGP Germany rules and regulations do not permit participants to receive winning placement at more than one location. The only exception to this rule is when a dancer places higher than in previous venue.

Example: If a dancer has already placed in the Top 12 at one of YAGP & YGP Europe Semi-Final, he/she will not be eligible to be placed in Top 12 at any other location – unless they place higher (1st, 2nd or 3rd place). If a dancer receives 2nd place at any of YAGP & YGP Europe Semi-Final, he/she will not be eligible to receive any place at any other location – unless they place higher (1st place or the best overall in their age division).


*NEW for 2022 Season* Small and Large Ensembles

Due to high demand, awards may be announced either separately or combined for Small Ensembles (2-4 dancers) and Large Ensembles (5+ dancers). This will be determined at the judges' discretion and is dependent on the total number of Ensembles in any given venue.
Attention! Large Ensembles. Due to Covid-19, YGP Germany would suggest 10 max dancers per each ensemble and be flexible with choreography (in case the theater will have different stage attendance limits).


NEW! Age Divisions

Senior age division: 15 - 20 years old (NEW! To assist students who were unable to find professional placement this year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the Senior Age Division will be extended to include dancers age 20)
(born between January 2, 2001 and January 1, 2006)

Junior age division: 12 - 14 years old
(born between January 2, 2006and January 1, 2009)

Pre-Competitive age division: 9 -11 years old (born between January 2, 2009 and January 1, 2012)

Pas De Deux, Duets, small and large Ensembles:
To find the average, add the age of all dancers and divide it by number of the dancers in the entry. The final number must be between 9 and 20.

PLEASE NOTE: It's strongly encouraged that Pas de Deux couples where the male dancer is under 14 years old perform using "par terre" partnering only, with no lifting above the shoulder level.



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