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AP PHOTOS: Ballet competitors soar in Moscow at Bolshoi

A participant of the XIV International Ballet Competition prepares herself backstage before performing at the New Stage of the Bolshoi Theater in Mosc...
Maria Iliushkina and Nikita Korneev of Russia perform during the XIV International Ballet Competition on the New Stage of the Bolshoi Theater in Mosco...
Elina Nasyrova of Russia performs during the XIV International Ballet Competition on the New Stage of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday...
Liriy Wakabayashi of Japan, foreground, and Kubanych Shamakeev of Kyrgyzstan perform during the XIV International Ballet Competition on the New Stage ...
Alessandro Caggegi of the United Kingdom, right, and Mana Kuwabara of Russia perform during the XIV International Ballet Competition on the New Stage ...
A participant of the XIV International Ballet Competition warms up backstage at the New Stage of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jun...
Elena Svinko of Russia and Marcello Pelizzoni of Italy perform during the XIV International Ballet Competition on the New Stage of the Bolshoi Theater...
Ekaterina Varlamova of Russia performs during the XIV International Ballet Competition on the New Stage of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Russia, Wedn...
A participant of the XIV International Ballet Competition warms up at the backstage of the New Stage of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Russia, Wednesd...
Anastasia Smirnova of Russia performs during the XIV International Ballet Competition on the New Stage of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Russia, Tuesd...
A participant of the XIV International Ballet Competition gets ready backstage before performing at the New Stage of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Ru...
Elina Nasyrova of Russia waits for her turn to perform during the XIV International Ballet Competition at the backstage of the New Stage of the Bolsho...
Tomoha Terada of Japan performs during the XIV International Ballet Competition on the New Stage of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Ju...
Daria Chugunova and Lev Kopylov of Russia perform during the XIV International Ballet Competition on the New Stage of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, R...
A participant of the XIV International Ballet Competition rests backstage after performing at the New Stage of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Russia, ...
Participants of the XIV International Ballet Competition warm up backstage before performing during the XIV International Ballet Competition at the Bo...
Maria Iliushkina of Russia, left, first prize winner, and Nikita Korneev of Russia, right, third prize winner perform during the XIV International Bal...
Winners of the XIV International Ballet Competition greet the spectators after the gala concert at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Russia, on Saturday,...

A participant of the XIV International Ballet Competition prepares herself backstage before performing at the New Stage of the Bolshoi Theater in Mosc...

Maria Iliushkina and Nikita Korneev of Russia perform during the XIV International Ballet Competition on the New Stage of the Bolshoi Theater in Mosco...

Elina Nasyrova of Russia performs during the XIV International Ballet Competition on the New Stage of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday...

Liriy Wakabayashi of Japan, foreground, and Kubanych Shamakeev of Kyrgyzstan perform during the XIV International Ballet Competition on the New Stage ...

Alessandro Caggegi of the United Kingdom, right, and Mana Kuwabara of Russia perform during the XIV International Ballet Competition on the New Stage ...

A participant of the XIV International Ballet Competition warms up backstage at the New Stage of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jun...

Elena Svinko of Russia and Marcello Pelizzoni of Italy perform during the XIV International Ballet Competition on the New Stage of the Bolshoi Theater...

Ekaterina Varlamova of Russia performs during the XIV International Ballet Competition on the New Stage of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Russia, Wedn...

A participant of the XIV International Ballet Competition warms up at the backstage of the New Stage of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Russia, Wednesd...

Anastasia Smirnova of Russia performs during the XIV International Ballet Competition on the New Stage of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Russia, Tuesd...

A participant of the XIV International Ballet Competition gets ready backstage before performing at the New Stage of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Ru...

Elina Nasyrova of Russia waits for her turn to perform during the XIV International Ballet Competition at the backstage of the New Stage of the Bolsho...

Tomoha Terada of Japan performs during the XIV International Ballet Competition on the New Stage of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Ju...

Daria Chugunova and Lev Kopylov of Russia perform during the XIV International Ballet Competition on the New Stage of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, R...

A participant of the XIV International Ballet Competition rests backstage after performing at the New Stage of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Russia, ...

Participants of the XIV International Ballet Competition warm up backstage before performing during the XIV International Ballet Competition at the Bo...

Maria Iliushkina of Russia, left, first prize winner, and Nikita Korneev of Russia, right, third prize winner perform during the XIV International Bal...

Winners of the XIV International Ballet Competition greet the spectators after the gala concert at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Russia, on Saturday,...

MOSCOW (AP) — In a city where global tensions weigh heavily, rising talents of ballet soared gracefully at the Moscow International Ballet Competition.

The event, which concluded Saturday at the Russian capital’s Bolshoi Theater, is held every four years. Although Russia is laborious to reach because of sanctions and flight cancellations from the fighting in Ukraine, the competition brought in dancers from Asia, South America and Eastern and Western Europe.

In the senior soloist group, for dancers no older than age 27, no first prize was awarded. But Malika Yelchibaeva of Kazakhstan, and Anastasia Smirnova of Russia, jointly took second place. South Korea’s Kim Yujin placed third.

Russian senior soloists swept the top spots in the men’s division: Dmitry Smilevsky, Dmitry Vyskubenko and Maxim Izmestyev.