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Ballet dancers compete for scholarships in Richland

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- The Nutcracker or Swan Lake are long time favorites of many dancers. Friday, hundreds of dancers with dreams of performing in those classics were in the Tri-Cities.

The Mid-Columbia Ballet is hosting this weekend's Dance America Festival in Richland. Organizers say it has brought in about 600 dancers, many of them competing for college or summer scholarships to improve their dancing techniques.

The program is filled with hundreds of ballet companies all along the Northwest. Dancers say it just goes to show you how much ballet has grown in our community and how important the festival is.

Carolyn Ingram says her love of dance grows more each year, "Once you start learning, once you know all the steps that you have to do you really have time to be able to express yourself. You can really start developing your personal style of the way you want to dance and once you get what's going on you can have a lot more fun with it."

Nationally recognized instructors and choreographers will be teaching several classes during the weekend dancing festival and competition.