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Young dancers audition for School of American Ballet in New York

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Hazel Baldwin of New York is evaluated during an audition of 6 year olds at the School of American Ballet in New York on Friday, April 5. About 100 6-year-olds auditioned at Lincoln Center during part of the spring recruiting season for new students.

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Young ballet dancers climb a staircase to take part in auditions.

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The mother of young ballet dancer Kyra Neamonitakis wipes a tear from her eye before sending her into auditions.

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Young ballet dancers Chloe Rotonda, left, Natacha Ross and Isabella Riordan inspect their slippers while waiting for their turn.

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A girl is tested for flexibility.

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An instructor evaluates Natacha Ross of New York.

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Robin Slattery takes a flying leap during auditions.

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Amanda Franklin, left, Adelaide Feldman, Shaun English, Uma Couchman, and Amelia Chin play after their auditions.