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Zumba's A Hit, But Is It Latin?

The high-energy dance classes are all the rage, but some critics are taking issue with the fitness craze being labeled as Latin dance. Authentic or not, with 12 million people dancing off the pounds, Zumba business is booming.
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A Homecoming For Alvin Ailey's Artistic Director

Robert Battle started dancing as a ninth-grader at Northwestern Senior High School — a public school in one of Miami's poorest neighborhoods. "I think I work hard because I feel that I owe that to people who have helped me along the way," he says.
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Is It Ok To Leave A Show After Intermission?

Have you ever gone to a concert or a play and, for whatever reason, just didn't come back after intermission? Some people have no qualms about leaving. Others wouldn't dream of it, no matter how awful the performance.
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Wim Wenders On 'Pina': A Dance Documentary In 3-D

Germany's official entry at the 84th Oscars is Pina, a documentary showcasing the groundbreaking work of the late choreographer Pina Bausch. Director Wim Wenders discusses Bausch, representing dance on screen, and working in 3-D.
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Merce Cunningham Company To Disband

For more than 50 years, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company surprised audiences by rethinking the relationship between music and movement — even what dancers could do. On New Year's Eve, the company disbands less than two years after its founder's death. That was Cunningham's wish. Some of Cunningham's long-time collaborators prepare to say goodbye.
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Tracing Ballet's Cultural History Over 400 Years

Ballet's history is not just about choreography and technique — it's also a history of nationalization, the changing ways we view the body, shifting gender norms and class struggles. Historian Jennifer Homans chronicles the art form in a cultural history, Apollo's Angels.
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Computer Science Major Becomes Hindu Dance Expert

Washington is hosting the Fall Festival of Indian Arts this week, which features poetry, music and a fusion of classical Indian dance with modern dance. Its founder Daniel Phoenix Singh grew up in a poor, fundamentalist Christian family in southern India and didn't see a live Indian dance performance until college. He works in IT during the day. He talks with Michel Martin about his journey into dance and his work bringing Indian dance to the U.S.
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Bill T. Jones Takes Broadway Hit 'Fela!' On Tour

Award-winning choreographer Bill T. Jones joins NPR's Neal Conan to discuss Fela!, his hit musical about the life of Nigerian musician and human rights activist Fela Kuti. The show kicks off a national tour this month.

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