The dancer Rita Salazar, a student of the Algarve Dance Company, finished in the "top-12" of the Youth America Gran Prix (YAGP) pre-competitive group, held in New York, United States, in March.
Twenty-four young Portuguese dancers participated in the competition and the only Algarve representative stood out as the only Portuguese to be awarded in her step.
Rita Salazar, 11 years old, has participated in several national and international competitions and has always been awarded the first places.
For the final in New York was reached in the semifinal in Paris (France), having been in the 3rd place in the category of Contemporary Dance and in the «top-12» in the Classical Dance.
To reach New York, more than 12,000 ballet students, ages 9 to 19, participated in dozens of regional semifinals around the world.
The finals included about 1500 competitors from 313 schools in 38 countries.