The UFAC Youth Ensemble is a group of advanced ballet students, ages 13 to 21, with outstanding achievements. This group represents our studio at outreach performances and other events, such as international ballet competitions. Participation in the UFAC Youth Ensemble is by invitation only and requires cross training.
The UFAC YOUTH ENSEMBLE was founded in May 2023 and their debut was at our 2023 Recital where they performed the contemporary dance piece Gravity (see photo above), choreographed by Jasmine O’Connor in collaboration with our Music Director Bill Bagby. At the same event they performed The Reckoning, another contemporary dance choreographed by Jade Katch. This piece had placed 3rd at the Youth America Grand Prix Chicago Regional, in January 2023. Their latest achievement was at the YAGP 2024, Chicago Regional, where they performed On Me, a contemporary piece choreographed by jade Katch and they place top 6 in the Ensemble category.
The UFAC YOUTH ENSEMBLE Artistic Director is Luciana Rezende and all rehearsals are conducted by the UFAC faculty.
Photo by Greg Pluta
YAGP Season 2024, Chicago, October 2023
UFAC YOUTH ENSEMBLE dancers VICTORIA BAGBY, JANET SAAVEDRA, ANNA GINSBURG-SULLIVAN and NATALIE POCIASK at the YAGP Awards Ceremony, after receiving the Top 6 Award for their performance in "On Me".
UFAC YOUTH ENSEMBLE dancers rehearsing the piece "On Me".
UFAC Youth Ensemble students performing "On Me" at the YAGP 2024 Chicago Regional
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