Utah ballet students compete for scholarships and finals in New York City

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Jocelyn Bergt dances, as Sophie Aste waits to perform, during the 2018 Youth America Grand Prix Regional Semi-Finals at the University of Utah Marriott Center for Dance, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018.

Hundreds of ballet dancers — ages 9 to 19 — from all over Utah are auditioning this weekend at the Marriott Center in Salt Lake City in the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) regional semi-finals. Selected competitors will continue on to the finals in New York City in April.

YAGP awards more than $250,000 a year in scholarships to send young dancers to leading schools and dance companies to continue their training.