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US$50,000 top prize at ballet contest

    The sixth Shanghai International Ballet Competition will be held at Shanghai International Dance Center from August 3 to 11. Registration is open from February 11 to May 31.

    This year’s theme is “Dance to the Rhythm of Shanghai,” with the Grand Prix Award rising from US$30,000 to US$50,000.

    Dancers can register online at The Junior Division is for dancers aged 15-18, with the Senior Division for those aged 19-26.

    Participants can compete as soloists or as couples.

    In each division, there will be gold, silver and bronze medals for males and females with prize money from US$4,000 to US$15,000. There will also be awards for choreography and for couples, a special jury prize and three special acknowledgment awards, with prize money from US$1,000 to US$4,000.