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Youth America Grand Prix dance regional semi-finals

Hundreds of Pittsburgh’s children are competing Thursday through Sunday to advance in the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) regional semi-finals at Upper Saint Clair High School. Some are attending dance classes and workshops in addition to the competition from which selected dancers will to move on to the finals in New York City in April.

Annemarie Doores, 10, warms-up backstage before dancing in the pre-competitive classical competition during the Youth America Grand Prix regional semi-finals Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, at Upper St. Clair High School in Upper St. Clair. (Rebecca Droke/Post-Gazette)
Scarlett Starkey, 11, third from right, waits backstage to perform as her teacher Dawn Kelly, both of Cincinnati, fixes her hair, before Starkey dances in the pre-competitive classical competition during the Youth America Grand Prix regional semi-finals Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, at Upper St. Clair High School in Upper St. Clair. (Rebecca Droke/Post-Gazette)
Corbin Holloway, 10, of Washington DC, dances in the pre-competitive classical competition during the Youth America Grand Prix regional semi-finals Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, at Upper St. Clair High School in Upper St. Clair. (Rebecca Droke/Post-Gazette)
Ballet students ages nine through 11 perform in the pre-competitive classical competition during the Youth America Grand Prix regional semi-finals Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, at Upper St. Clair High School in Upper St. Clair. (Rebecca Droke/Post-Gazette)
Gianna Bonfini, left, 10, of Canonsburg gets a hug from Avery Walz, after Bonfini after dancing in the pre-competitive classical competition during the Youth America Grand Prix regional semi-finals Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, at Upper St. Clair High School in Upper St. Clair. (Rebecca Droke/Post-Gazette)