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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Sayaka joined the alt-weekly world in 2014 when she interned for TCB. After moving to the Triangle and garnering bylines in Indy Week and Durham Magazine, she moved back to Greensboro and now covers culture and news. Her work has appeared in Rewire, Bitch, Bitter Southerner and the Audubon Society. In addition to working as the managing editor for TCB, she sits on the board of the Association of Alternative Newsmedia, a national organization, as the diversity chair.
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