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Why You Should Apply to YoungArts

It's that time of year again: Applications to become a 2017 YoungArts Winner are now open. Every year, the National YoungArts Foundation offers awards to promising high school-aged artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts—and those awards come with some seriously exciting opportunities.

Winners have the chance to earn cash prizes and scholarships, work with mentors like Mikhail Baryshnikov and Jacques d'Amboise, and perform at top venues like the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and the New World Center in Miami. In January, finalists are invited to participate in National YoungArts Week in Miami, seven days of master classes, workshops and performances. You could also be nominated to be a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts—one of the highest honors a high school senior can receive.

Possibly the best part? Winners join a network of over 20,000 YoungArts alumni, which includes dancers like American Ballet Theatre's Sarah Lane, Miami City Ballet's Callie Manning and Complexions Contemporary Ballet's Desmond Richardson.

To be eligible, you must be between the ages of 15 and 18, or in grades 10–12 (as of December 1, 2016), and you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Applications opened this month, and you have until October 14, 2016 to apply. So, what are you waiting for?

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