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Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre grad student wins prize at competition

| Monday, July 5, 2010

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School graduate student Yoshiaki Nakano won the silver prize and $3,000 in June at the 2010 World Ballet Competition in Orlando.

Nakano, 20, was offered a contract by the Pittsburgh Ballet and will be an apprentice with it for the 2010-11 season.

He began studying ballet when he was 4 in Japan and was in high school when he won a full scholarship at the Japan Gran Prix ballet competition to study at the San Francisco Ballet School. After two years there, he joined the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School in 2009.

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