Each year, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts invites the country's most talented high school seniors to Miami for YoungArts Week for master classes, interdisciplinary workshops, performances and more. Out of the 5164 applicants, this year's 148 finalists were just named, and they include ballet students Jaimi Cullen, Cassandra Trenary and Alexandra Koszeghy.
ABT's Sarah Lane, Houston Ballet's Kelly Myernick and Miami City Ballet's Callie Manning each attended YoungArts Week before going pro. All finalists win at least a $1,000 award, and the top awardees receive $10,000. 20 finalists will be named Presidential Scholars in the Arts, and YoungArts Gold and Silver finalists will be invited to another week in New York.
See what Pointe wrote about YoungArts Week here.