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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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The Theatrical Curtain Call: More Than Just Bows

Critic Bob Mondello remembers when there were great, eccentric, revealing, funny and just plain effective theatrical curtain calls.
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In 'Shatner's World,' Stories About Acting, Loss, Life

In his new one-man show, William Shatner talks about his childhood growing up in Montreal — and the ups and downs of creating iconic characters, from starship captain James T. Kirk to lawyer Denny Crane.
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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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American Capitalism, A Song And Dance Story

An experimental musical attempts to get at the tension between creation and violence: the love and ambivalence of Americans toward constant expansionism and growth. There's the atom bomb, mystic gods and more.
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'Galileo' Lives In A New Production

F. Murray Abraham stars in a new off-Broadway production of Bertolt Brecht's classic "Galileo." Brian Kulick, artistic director of the Classic Stage Company and the director of the play, discusses Galileo, (the scientist and the play) and tells why he thinks the themes in the work are still relevant today.
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'Carrie' Creators Resurrect A Legendary Flop

The musical adaptation of Stephen King's novel Carrie is one of Broadway's most famous disasters. Now the show's original writers are back — with a completely reworked version.
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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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