Worcester ballet auditions begin for Youth America Grand Prix


Stark likened the Grand Prix to a “business convention” that allows dancers to be seen by a variety of school and company directors in the ballet world. Students can receive scholarships to summer and year-round programs like the American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, the Royal Ballet School, and the Paris Opera Ballet School. In rare cases, some may even get job offers and be hired to companies.

Ballet dancers warm up onstage before the Pre-Competitive Classical Competition at the Worcester semifinal of the Youth America Grand Prix.Erin Clark/Globe Staff

Almost 500 dancers ages 9-19 will audition throughout the weekend in classical and contemporary categories at The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory for the Performing Arts in Worcester. The classical ballet auditions are available to watch live via YouTube.

During the semifinal, the auditions are organized by age division and category. About two to four dancers…

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