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Young ballet dancers show their skills

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.
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.(Craig F. Walker/Globe staff)

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.

Paris Mills, 13, of Manchester, N.H., was ready to dance.  She studies at the New England School of Dance in Manchester.
Paris Mills, 13, of Manchester, N.H., was ready to dance. She studies at the New England School of Dance in Manchester. (Craig F. Walker/Globe staff)
Kaya Indyk, 12, of Rockwell Dance Center in Trumbull, Conn., was there.
Kaya Indyk, 12, of Rockwell Dance Center in Trumbull, Conn., was there. (Craig F. Walker/Globe staff)
From left, Isabella Molnar, 13, Olivia Lagano, 13, and Kaya Indyk, 12, of Rockwell Dance Center in Trumbull, Conn., checked their teeth.
From left, Isabella Molnar, 13, Olivia Lagano, 13, and Kaya Indyk, 12, of Rockwell Dance Center in Trumbull, Conn., checked their teeth.(Craig F. Walker/Globe staff)
Klara Whalley prepared for the competition.
Klara Whalley prepared for the competition. (Craig F. Walker/Globe staff)