Featured photo: Sadie Renee Kern, age 14, dances the Graduation Ball (photo by Jerry Cooper)

Last week, hundreds of aspiring ballet dancers from the ages of 9-19 from all over North Carolina visited Winston-Salem for the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) ballet scholarship auditions. The auditions have set up dancers who have gone on to dance professionally for American Ballet Theatre, Paris Opera Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, New York City Ballet, and more.

On Jan. 20, photographer Jerry Cooper visited the competition to shoot some of the dancers. Final results can be found here.

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