As the pandemic continues to impact the world of ballet, I’m keeping BWW Dance updated on cancellations and postponements. This report concerns the Lyon Opera Ballet, which is canceling the tour in the USA and returning to France, as well as the cancellation of the YAGP New York Finals scheduled for April 2020. I do not yet have the official press release from the Lyon Opera Ballet, but I I have this message from Leoannis Pupo-Guillen. He was a member of my Ballet Ambassadors before joining Lyon. In a way, the personal message is even more heartbreaking than an official version.
Dear members of the YAGP community,
Following the latest updates very closely over the past few weeks, and particularly over the past 48 hours, we are postponing the NY Finals until further notice. Considering all the hard work and sacrifice our dancers and their communities put into preparing for the finale, this was not a decision that was taken lightly. However, given the most recent developments, we believe it is the responsible thing to do to ensure the health and safety of our participants, their families and surrounding communities. Our team will work diligently to explore several different scenarios as an alternative option to the finale. This will take some time and we’re analyzing information as it comes in, so we appreciate your patience as we work hard to find the best solution for everyone.
In the meantime, the last semi-final of the 2020 season will still take place this weekend in Toronto as planned. We have confirmed with Canadian health authorities, the Metro Toronto Convention Center and the National Ballet of Canada that the risk posed by COVID-19 in Ontario remains low and that Canada remains a safe travel destination. YAGP does not have international students traveling from overseas for the Toronto semi-final, and the venue itself has implemented additional precautions to ensure the health and safety of all patrons, who may be viewed here on their website: https://www. mtccc.com/media/
We look forward to seeing the many talented dancers this weekend in Toronto, and thank you for your continued trust, patience and support as we navigate this difficult time.
With my best wishes,
Founder and Artistic Director, YAGP