The Backstage Youth Performers Society has many goals, but our main goal is to provide financial assistance and opportunities for the young performers in the fields of music, theatre and dance. Another goal of the Society is to regularly bring in Master Teachers from around the world to given workshops to young performers across British Columbia, thereby passing on their knowledge to these young, eager artists. The BYPS was formed as a not for profit society in January 2007. In May 2008, the Society received charitable status. Since it's inception, the Society has awarded over $10,000 in scholarships to deserving young artists who wanted to further their training and experience in the performing arts. Scholarships have been awarded to applicants who attended summer study programs at the American Ballet Theatre, The Joffrey Ballet School, the National Ballet of Canada, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, The Okanogan Summer Dance Intensive and The Goh Ballet Academy, as well as to young dancer/singers who have trained in New York. Our first workshop took place in June 2008. The Society also supports Artist in Residence programs that enable emerging young adult performers to rehearse in studio space paid for, and supported by, the Backstage Society.