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Still En Pointe... at Age 93

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Therrell Smith, age 93, dances with two of her students at the Therrell C. Smith School of Dance.
Rebecca Sheir
Therrell Smith, age 93, dances with two of her students at the Therrell C. Smith School of Dance.

Ninety-three-year-old Therrell Smith started teaching ballet in D.C. in the 1940s and still teaches today, both in D.C. Public Schools and at the Therrell C. Smith School of Dance, which she single-handedly runs in Northeast D.C. But with enrollment down, Therrell is struggling to keep her beloved school open. Rebecca Sheir tags along with Smith to find out what might become of her graceful legacy.

[Music: "Shall We Dance" by Cassandra Wilson from Blue Skies]

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