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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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'Audacious' Black Ballerinas Had To Be On Point

Joan Myers Brown is a black ballerina who grew up in a time of rigid segregation, both in life and dance. Host Michel Martin speaks with Brenda Dixon Gottschild, the author of "Joan Myers Brown and the Audacious Hope of the Black Ballerina."
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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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