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Young ballerinas compete on Peru's national stage

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Ballet dancers watch a classmate as they practice for a competition between ballet schools at the National Superior Ballet School in Lima, Peru on Aug. 28. Nearly 100 girls and boys from Colombia, Venezuela, Chile, France and Peru are submitting themselves to a week-long competition hoping to win medals from Peru's national ballet school, and perhaps a grant to study in Miami.

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A young ballet dancer warms-up before performing in a competition between ballet schools at the National Museum in Lima, Peru on Sept. 3.

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A ballet dancer trains for a competition between ballet schools at the National Superior Ballet School in Lima, Peru on Aug. 28.

Ballet is all they think about.

Nearly 100 girls and boys from Colombia, Venezuela, Chile, France and Peru are submitting themselves to a week-long competition hoping to win medals from Peru's national ballet school - and perhaps a grant to study in Miami.

The competitors range in age from 9 to 18, and take dance extremely seriously.

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-- Associated Press

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Ballet dancers prepare backstage for a competition between ballet schools at the National Museum in Lima, Peru on Sept. 3.

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A dancer from Venezuela's Nueva Era del Ballet school practices in the lobby of the National Museum for a competition between ballet schools in Lima, Peru on Sept. 3.

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Ballet dancers practice for a competition between ballet schools on the stage at the National Museum in Lima, Peru on Sept. 3.

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Ballet dancers from Venezuela's Nueva Era del Ballet school sit in the National Museum as they watch others practice for a competition between ballet schools in Lima, Peru on Sept. 3.