Reaching for the Stars

  • YoungArts Foundation dance finalists and instructors during an intensive day of workshops and coaching on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 at the Miami City Ballet Studios on Miami Beach. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • At Miami International University of Art & Design, YoungArts finalist Jaime Korman, 17, a California designer and artist, is coached by FIU graduate assistant Mauricio Gonzalez, at left, during YoungArts Week. Korman is one of approx 170 teenage artists selected from 11,000 applicants around the country for YoungArts Week, which takes place every year in Miami on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • At Miami International University of Art & Design, YoungArts finalist Jaime Korman, 17, a California designer and artist during YoungArts Week. Korman is one of approx 160 teenage artists selected from 11,000 applicants around the country for YoungArts Week, which takes place every year in Miami on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • YoungArts Foundation finalist Melanie Ramos, an 18-year-old Miami dancer and choreographer, goes through an intensive day of workshops and coaching with famed dance artists during YoungArts Week on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 at the Miami City Ballet Studios on Miami Beach. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • YoungArts Foundation finalist Melanie Ramos, 18, at center, watches a fellow dancer perform as they go through an intensive day of workshops and coaching with famed dance artists during YoungArts Week on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 at the Miami City Ballet Studios on Miami Beach. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Modern dance mentor Aubrey Lynch II, at left, with YoungArts Foundation finalist Melanie Ramos, 18. Ramos, a Miami dancer and choreographer, goes through an intensive day of workshops and coaching with famed dance artists during YoungArts Week on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 at the Miami City Ballet Studios on Miami Beach. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • YoungArts Foundation finalist Melanie Ramos, an 18-year-old Miami dancer and choreographer, goes through an intensive day of workshops and coaching with famed dance artists during YoungArts Week on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 at the Miami City Ballet Studios on Miami Beach. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • YoungArts Foundation finalists Ricardo Ubeda and Melanie Ramos stop to chat as they go through an intensive day of workshops and coaching with famed dance artists during YoungArts Week on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 at the Miami City Ballet Studios on Miami Beach. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • YoungArts Foundation finalist Melanie Ramos, an 18-year-old Miami dancer and choreographer, goes through an intensive day of workshops and coaching with famed dance artists during YoungArts Week on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 at the Miami City Ballet Studios on Miami Beach. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Umi Akiyoshi helps Melanie Ramos fix her hair. Ramos is a YoungArts Foundation finalist. The dancers are going through an intensive day of workshops and coaching with famed dance artists during YoungArts Week on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 at the Miami City Ballet Studios on Miami Beach. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • YoungArts Foundation finalist Melanie Ramos, an 18-year-old Miami dancer and choreographer, goes through an intensive day of workshops and coaching with famed dance artists during YoungArts Week on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 at the Miami City Ballet Studios on Miami Beach. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • YoungArts Foundation finalist Melanie Ramos, an 18-year-old Miami dancer and choreographer, goes through an intensive day of workshops and coaching with famed dance artists during YoungArts Week on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 at the Miami City Ballet Studios on Miami Beach. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Modern dance mentor Aubrey Lynch II, at left, with YoungArts Foundation finalist Melanie Ramos, 18. Ramos, a Miami dancer and choreographer, goes through an intensive day of workshops and coaching with famed dance artists during YoungArts Week on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 at the Miami City Ballet Studios on Miami Beach. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF