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Young ballet dancers show their skills

WORCESTER, MA- JANUARY 26, 2018- : Klara Whalley, 14, of Mattapoisett, MA prepares for the the Junior Contemporary Competition of the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) regional semi-finals at the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Worcester, MA on January 26, 2018. (Hundreds of ballet dancers - ages 9 to 19 - from all over Massachusetts area will be auditioning this weekend for the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) regional semi-finals. Throughout the weekend, the students will attend workshops, competitions, and dance classes. Selected competitors will continue on to the finals in New York City in April. YAGP awards more than $250,000 a year in scholarships to send young dancers to leading schools and dance companies to continue their training. ) (Craig F. Walker / Globe staff) section: metro reporter:
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Klara Whalley, 14, of Mattapoisett, prepared for the the Junior Contemporary Competition of the Youth America Grand Prix regional semi-finals at the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Worcester on Friday.

Young ballet dancers competed this weekend for scholarships at the Young America Grand Prix regional semi-finals in Worcester. The dancers, age 9 to 19, came from all over Massachusetts and elsewhere in New England.

The group awards more than $250,000 in scholarships each year to send dancers to schools and dance companies to continue their training.

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WORCESTER, MA- JANUARY 26, 2018- : Paris Mills, 13, of Manchester, NH prepares to dance in the the Junior Contemporary Competition of the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) regional semi-finals at the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Worcester, MA on January 26, 2018. Mills studies at the New England School of Dance I'm Manchester. (Hundreds of ballet dancers - ages 9 to 19 - from all over Massachusetts area will be auditioning this weekend for the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) regional semi-finals. Throughout the weekend, the students will attend workshops, competitions, and dance classes. Selected competitors will continue on to the finals in New York City in April. YAGP awards more than $250,000 a year in scholarships to send young dancers to leading schools and dance companies to continue their training. ) (Craig F. Walker / Globe staff) section: metro reporter:
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Paris Mills, 13, of Manchester, N.H., was ready to dance. She studies at the New England School of Dance in Manchester.

WORCESTER, MA- JANUARY 26, 2018- : Kaya Indyk, 12, of Rockwell Dance Center , Trumbull, CT, prepares for the Junior Classical Competition of the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) regional semi-finals at the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Worcester, MA on January 26, 2018. (Hundreds of ballet dancers - ages 9 to 19 - from all over Massachusetts area will be auditioning this weekend for the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) regional semi-finals. Throughout the weekend, the students will attend workshops, competitions, and dance classes. Selected competitors will continue on to the finals in New York City in April. YAGP awards more than $250,000 a year in scholarships to send young dancers to leading schools and dance companies to continue their training. ) (Craig F. Walker / Globe staff) section: metro reporter:
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Kaya Indyk, 12, of Rockwell Dance Center in Trumbull, Conn., was there.

WORCESTER, MA- JANUARY 26, 2018- :Nina Zurawski, 13, of Dudley, MA, waits to dance in the Junior Contemporary Competition of the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) regional semi-finals at the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Worcester, MA on January 26, 2018. Zurawski studies at the Hanover Conservatory. (Hundreds of ballet dancers - ages 9 to 19 - from all over Massachusetts area will be auditioning this weekend for the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) regional semi-finals. Throughout the weekend, the students will attend workshops, competitions, and dance classes. Selected competitors will continue on to the finals in New York City in April. YAGP awards more than $250,000 a year in scholarships to send young dancers to leading schools and dance companies to continue their training. ) (Craig F. Walker / Globe staff) section: metro reporter:
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Nina Zurawski, 13, of Dudley, awaited her turn to dance.

WORCESTER, MA- JANUARY 26, 2018- :(left to right) Isabella Molnar, 13, Olivia Lagano, 13, and Kaya Indyk, 12, of Rockwell Dance Center , Trumbull, CT, check their teeth while preparing for the Junior Classical Competition of the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) regional semi-finals at the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Worcester, MA on January 26, 2018. (Hundreds of ballet dancers - ages 9 to 19 - from all over Massachusetts area will be auditioning this weekend for the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) regional semi-finals. Throughout the weekend, the students will attend workshops, competitions, and dance classes. Selected competitors will continue on to the finals in New York City in April. YAGP awards more than $250,000 a year in scholarships to send young dancers to leading schools and dance companies to continue their training. ) (Craig F. Walker / Globe staff) section: metro reporter:
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From left, Isabella Molnar, 13, Olivia Lagano, 13, and Kaya Indyk, 12, of Rockwell Dance Center in Trumbull, Conn., checked their teeth.

WORCESTER, MA- JANUARY 26, 2018- : Klara Whalley, 14, of Mattapoisett, MA prepares for the the Junior Contemporary Competition of the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) regional semi-finals at the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Worcester, MA on January 26, 2018. (Hundreds of ballet dancers - ages 9 to 19 - from all over Massachusetts area will be auditioning this weekend for the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) regional semi-finals. Throughout the weekend, the students will attend workshops, competitions, and dance classes. Selected competitors will continue on to the finals in New York City in April. YAGP awards more than $250,000 a year in scholarships to send young dancers to leading schools and dance companies to continue their training. ) (Craig F. Walker / Globe staff) section: metro reporter:
Craig F. Walker/Globe staff
Klara Whalley prepared for the competition.

WORCESTER, MA- JANUARY 26, 2018- : Katherine St. James, 14, of Easton, CT, prepares for the Junior Contemporary Competition of the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) regional semi-finals at the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Worcester, MA on January 26, 2018. (Hundreds of ballet dancers - ages 9 to 19 - from all over Massachusetts area will be auditioning this weekend for the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) regional semi-finals. Throughout the weekend, the students will attend workshops, competitions, and dance classes. Selected competitors will continue on to the finals in New York City in April. YAGP awards more than $250,000 a year in scholarships to send young dancers to leading schools and dance companies to continue their training. ) (Craig F. Walker / Globe staff) section: metro reporter:
Craig F. Walker/Globe staff
Katherine St. James, 14, of Easton, Conn., was on her pointes as she warmed up.