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Swing Your Partner: W.Va. Circles Back To Square Dancing

Communities are coming together to keep the square-dancing tradition alive, hoping to pass the heritage on to future generations. A statewide project aims to bring back what was once a pillar of small-town life.
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'Pippin' Star Patina Miller Soars On Broadway

Actress Patina Miller made a splash on the theater scene in 2009 as the star of Sister Act. This year, she won a Tony Award for the Broadway revival of Pippin. She portrays Leading Player, the circus artist who guides a young prince in finding meaning and magic in his life. Miller speaks with host Michel Martin about the intense physical training and personal sacrifices that went into recreating Pippin.
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Preserving Balanchine's Ballet Legacy, 30 Years Later

Legendary choreographer George Balanchine's work came to define ballet for much of the 20th century. He died in 1983, but his work survived thanks to his disciples who have taken his dances to ballet companies around the world.
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Ballet Russes

Though few outside the ballet world here know his name,Serge Diaghilev revolutionized dance and music with the Ballet Russes, a radically modern dance company he created in the early 20th century.

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National Gallery Exhibit Highlights How Ballets Russes Revolutionized Dance

An exhibit at the National Gallery explores why this dancing troupe's work sparked a backlash in the early 20th century.

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This Week on Metro Connection: Wild Cards

From alien souvenir stands to clothes diets, we go theme-less in a summer "Wild Cards" show.

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Once In Shadows, Local Immigrant Hopes For Congress To Move On Reform

A year after President Obama signed an act allowing certain young undocumented immigrants to remain in the country, local immigrants hope for Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

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Looking Ahead To The Future Of Modern Dance With Bill T. Jones

This season, dancer and choreographer Bill T. Jones celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. Over the years, Jones has created more than 140 works for the company and in 2010, the dance troupe merged with Dance Theater Workshop to create New York Live Arts.
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Modern Movement: How The Ballets Russes Revolutionized Dance

In the early 1900s, the company shed the tutus and toeshoes and took a radically different approach to dance. A new exhibit at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., explores how the Ballets Russes shocked audiences and married avant-garde music and art.

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