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Still She Rises: Misty Copeland Makes History With American Ballet Theatre

Misty Copeland didn't begin ballet until she took a free class at a Boys & Girls Club. Today she became the first black female principal dancer with the premiere U.S. dance company.
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Dirty Dancing In The Early 1900s

Scandalous swirls like the Bunny Hug, Turkey Trot and Grizzly Bear may have even rattled President-elect Woodrow Wilson.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, June 10, 2015

You can hear writings read out loud, or see love letters put in motion at a dance performance.

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American Ballet Theater Turns 75

Over the ABT's three-quarters of a century, the company has stuck to its mission of presenting classics like Swan Lake along with works of contemporary choreographers.
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Why Russian-American Jews Are Ballroom Dance Leaders

As ABC's Dancing with the Stars celebrates its 10th anniversary, we explain why Russian Jewish immigrants and their descendants have stepped to the front of this country's ballroom dance scene.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, April 22, 2015

A world-renowned dance company comes to the area and a popular Israeli band performs in D.C.

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Who Gets To Dance In 'Swan Lake'? The Answer Is Changing

For the first time ever, two black dancers will star in Swan Lake in a major American production. NPR's Elizabeth Blair peeks behind the curtain to see why it's been so hard for ballet to diversify.
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Do-Si-Don't: China To Regulate Outdoor Square-Dancing

Older women in China are known to gather in public spaces and dance, but reports say the practice has gotten too loud and the neighbors are complaining.
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You May Think You Can't Dance But Nepalis Will Make You Try

Our Peace Corps correspondent discovers that Nepal is a country where everyone dances all the time. And you have no choice but to bust a move.
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A Rare Bird: After 120 Years, Audiences Still Flock To 'Swan Lake'

Despite being long, convoluted and sometimes sleep-inducing, Swan Lake is a reliable ticket-seller for dance companies. The version most often performed today premiered in Russia in 1895.

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