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Yuma ballerina wins scholarship to School of American Ballet

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YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - Ballet Yuma company dancer Mia Williams earned a full ride scholarship to The School for American Ballet (SAB) summer program in New York City, Sunday, through the Arizona Dance Coalition.

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The coalition electronically awarded Williams a full tuition scholarship with room and board for the 5-week program. Auditions were by submitted by video due to COVID-19 restrictions.

SAB has reduced the number of dancers in the program because of the pandemic, making this opportunity even more prestigious. Only 60 students are allowed to dorm this summer. The rest must find their own housing.

WIlliams, 16, is a sophomore at Gila Ridge High School, and has been a student at the Yuma Ballet Academy since she was 10 years old.

Founded in 1994 as a nonprofit organization, Ballet Yuma is Southern Arizona's premiere pre-professional company of ballet dancers, whom train exclusively at Yuma Ballet Academy.

The nonprofit is currently hosting an online Mother's Day raffle. Valued at $1,000; a 14K rose-gold pendant set with set 37 round brilliant cut diamonds weighing 0.25 caret, hung on an 18" 14K rose gold 0.9mm cable chain, is the giveaway. A winner will be announced Sunday, May 8, at 5 p.m.

Raffle tickets may be purchased individually for $5, or in a bundle pack of five for $20. If interested, please email, or call (928) 446-6770.

Ballet Yuma's 13th annual Pointe and Putt Golf Classic - Father and Son Golf Tournament, is also coming up on Saturday, June 12, from 6:45 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To register, please visit the Pointe and Putt website, or contact AJ Kinnell at (928) 246-3579.

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