Youth Compete In Ballet 'Grand Prix' (Photos)
Youth America Grand Prix offers a chance to win scholarships and professional jobs
Ballet dancers aren't seen as fierce competitors, but over the weekend hundreds participated in something similar to the Olympics, or "American Idol."
Specifically, they competed in the Youth America Grand Prix, one of the largest international ballet competitions in the world. Top dancers from San Diego and other regional semi-finals move on to compete in New York, where they can win scholarships and even jobs in professional ballet companies.
The dancers who participated at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido ranged between ages 9 to 19. Many performed two classical ballet variations and one contemporary piece. Some also competed in group dances.
Here's a backstage look at dancers ages 15 and older getting ready to go on stage for their classical routines.