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As A Japanese Mountain Village Shrinks, So Do Its Prospects For Kabuki

For more than 300 years, children have performed kabuki, Japan's classical theater, in the village of Damine. But as residents age or leave for cities, Damine is running out of young performers.
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Misty Copeland Achieves #SquadGoals In The Documentary 'A Ballerina's Tale'

Misty Copeland talks body image, ballet and blackness in the new PBS documentary A Ballerina's Tale.

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Video: UCLA Gymnast Sophina DeJesus Whips, Nae Naes, And Slays

The viral video of DeJesus' routine doesn't show an athlete dominating in a traditionally white sport despite her race. She's an athlete celebrating her identity in the sport she loves.
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At 42, Matthew Rushing Might Just Be The Peyton Manning Of Dance

Dancers typically retire at a relatively young age. Rushing, however, is still going strong — and he's about to kick off a 20-city tour.
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Chinese New Year Celebrations Across D.C. Region To Welcome Year Of The Monkey

From Falls Church to D.C.'s Chinatown, groups will gather this weekend to celebrate the Chinese New Year — and the Year of the Monkey it will usher in.

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From Streets To Stage, Two Dance Worlds See Harmonization And Chaos

When a San Francisco-based choreographer decided to take turf dancers off of the streets and trains of Oakland and put them on stage with ballet dancers, chaos ensued. Until she let them all improv together.
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100 Years On, Cleveland Play House Stays True To Its Regional Mission

It's been called the oldest professional regional theater in the United States. The Cleveland Play House was founded in 1915 by a group of artists and social activists dissatisfied with the commercial fare that dominated theaters at the time. The theater has had its ups and downs, but it's stayed true to its original mission of presenting challenging work with a primarily local cast and crew.
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The Diane Rehm Show’s 12 Favorite Moments From 2015

With two hours of live radio every day, it’s pretty much impossible to make a succinct “best of” list for any given year, but the show's producers have pulled out 12 of their favorites.

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HBO Documentary Explores Dark Underbelly Of Russia's Bolshoi Ballet

Russia's Bolshoi Ballet was rocked following the 2013 acid attack on the company's artistic director. A new documentary airing Monday on HBO, Bolshoi Babylon, looks at the culture of the company and how things got to that point. NPR explores how the paranoia and distrust of management within the ranks of the company is both very Russian and a symbol of the Bolshoi Ballet.
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The Music And Legacy Of Motown

Motown founder Berry Gordy and director Charles Randolph-Wright of “Motown the Musical" join Diane for a conversation about the history of Detroit's famous sound.

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