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Brooklyn Mack, From Ball Player To Ballet Star

Brooklyn Mack used to dream of becoming a football player. He took up ballet, at age 12, to beef up his athleticism — and he never turned back. Earlier this summer, Mack became the first African-American man to win gold at the International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria. Mack speaks with host Michel Martin about his life and his career.
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The Marlon Brando Of Screen Dance, 100 Years On

Dancer-actor Gene Kelly would have been 100 this year, and his legacy of unparalleled athleticism and joyous, comic performance still looms large in popular culture. His versatility and his physical beauty were both part of his appeal.
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Tango Festival Lures Thousands To Buenos Aires

Tango fans are flocking to the Buenos Aires Tango Festival & World Cup in Argentina. The tango is seen as a romantic and seductive dance, but you may not know that the dance may have gotten its start in brothels. Guest host Viviana Hurtado speaks with dance instructor Daniela Borgialli. She's participating in the dance competition.
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A Walk Through The AIDS Conference's Global Village

The International AIDS Conference isn't only about medical research. People from around the world met at its Global Village to share their experiences with the AIDS epidemic through music, art and dance. This year's highlights included a condom campaign and lube tasting booth.
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'Oklahoma!' Actress Celeste Holm Dies At 95

The Academy Award-winning actress was a star on both stage and screen, best known for roles in Gentleman's Agreement, All About Eve and Oklahoma!
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Stop The Music: A Dancer Tries Silence

Amy O'Neal is a choreographer who recently took on a daunting task: an entire performance without a single note of music.
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Pushing the Barre: Septime Webre & The Washington Ballet

Over the past decade, Septime Webre's transformed a once-traditional ballet company into one of America's most innovative and diverse dance troops. Prepare to see Alice, the Queen of Hearts, the White Rabbit, and the Cheshire Cat as you've never seen them before.

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Basil Twist: A Genius, With Many A String Attached

The innovative puppeteer Basil Twist is the focus of a mini-festival in Washington, D.C. this spring. Performances include the underwater Symphonie Fantastique and Arias With a Twist, featuring renowned drag artist Joey Arias. Elizabeth Blair talks with Twist about his singular creations.
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'Audacious' Black Ballerinas Had To Be On Point

Black ballerina Joan Myers Brown grew up in a time of rigid segregation, both in life and dance. Brenda Dixon Gottschild, author of Joan Myers Brown and the Audacious Hope of the Black Ballerina, talks with NPR's Michel Martin about how Brown tackled racial barriers in the ballet world.

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