Local teen chosen for dance competition

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Younji Grace Choi of Evans City has been selected to compete in the 2014 USA International Ballet Competition scheduled for June 14-29 in Jackson, Miss., the dance organization announced Monday.

Ms. Choi, 17, will be among 97 dancers competing for scholarships, cash awards and medals during the USA IBC's three rounds of competition. She will compete in the junior division and initially perform variations from the classical repertoire.

The USA IBC's selection process requires that dancers submit written entries and performance videos from the classical ballet repertoire. Ms. Choi was selected by a world-renown group of dance professionals who chose her from almost 300 applicants.

"Being among the dancers selected to compete in the USA IBC is a tremendous accomplishment," said Sue Lobrano, USA IBC executive director. "The dancers selected exemplify the highest caliber of artistry and technical skills."

The USA IBC is a two-week, "Olympic-style" competition where tomorrow's stars vie for gold, silver and bronze medals; cash awards; company contracts and scholarships. Designated as the official international ballet competition in the United States by a joint resolution of Congress, the event is held every four years in Jackson, Miss., in the tradition of sister competitions in Varna, Bulgaria, and Moscow.

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