Wilbraham & Monson Academy's Julia and Sam Saltzman faced a few obstacles recently in regards to their dancing.
That didn't stop the sisters, though, from being selected to prestigious dance programs for the second summer in a row.
Julia '18 again earned a spot at The Ailey School Professional Division Summer Intensive in New York City, while Sam '20 was picked to attend the Boston Ballet School.
Julia wanted to return to The Ailey School because of the great experience she had in 2016. However, she couldn't attend the audition, which put her chances of being chosen in jeopardy. Instead, she recorded a technique-specific video.
"I wanted to go back because I learned a different modern style and new techniques," said Julia, who prefers modern dance more than other styles. "I had different teachers who taught me different things. It helped me become a stronger dancer, which led me back to wanting to audition again.
"I learned a lot through my experience last year. The teachers were amazing. The atmosphere, being in New York, was awesome."
The summer intensive, which runs for six weeks, is located in the Theater District in Manhattan. It attracts dancers ages 16-25.
Sam showed some fortitude by auditioning for the Boston Ballet. She wasn't selected for the program last year and instead attended the Walnut Hill School for the Arts, a performing art school in Natick, Mass.
"Boston Ballet has been a dream of mine for a long time," said Sam, who said ballet is her best type of dance. "I think it's a dream for a lot of dancers. It's a big step.
"I auditioned last year and didn't get in, and was upset. I really didn't want to audition again, but I did. Going to Walnut Hill last year helped me grow."