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Cave Creek resident among winners of Arizona Young Artists’ Competition


PHOENIX – The winners of the 17th annual Arizona Young Artists’ Competition have been announced. This competition is a collaboration between the Herberger Theater Center and Center Dance Ensemble that showcases Arizona artists ages 15-19 in the disciplines of Acting, Dance, and Voice.

Winners in the acting category included Cave Creek resident Kelly Hajek, 19, and Phoenix resident Arianna Williams, 17.

In the dance category, Phoenix resident Michaela Horger, 17, won.

In the voice category, Phoenix resident Ally Lansdowne, 18, and Tucson resident Daniel Lopez, 19, won the competition.

Through an open call and audition process, twelve finalists were selected to compete in the
Finals on Saturday, April 2 at the Herberger Theater Center. The Judges’ Choice winners in
each discipline received a $1,000 scholarship to help further their education in the arts. The audience-selected People’s Choice Award winners received $100.

Since its inception, the Arizona Young Artists’ Competition has placed the spotlight on the acting, dance, and vocal achievements of more than 1,500 Arizona students and awarded nearly $70,000 in scholarship monies to help further their goal toward a career in the arts.

The competition was sponsored by Billie Jo and Judd Herberger, Dick and Peggy Bowers, Debra and Jim Larson, Apatrou Photography, Arizona Broadway Theatre, APS, St. Mary’s Basilica and SRP.