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Breaking Barriers on Stage: African American Ballet Dancers Who Made History

As we learn in A Ballerina’s Tale, Nelson George’s new documentary about Misty Copeland [February 8; check local listings], Eurocentric standards of body shape, muscle tone, and skin color excluded dancers who didn’t fit the wan mold demanded of prima ballerinas. All that changed in the summer of 2015, when Misty Copeland, a rising star already transcending the rarified … READ MORE

Action Heroes of Dance: They Were Born to Fly

One has to be a tough cookie inside and out to brave Elizabeth Streb’s challenging and risky POPACTION choreography. Two of the players featured in Born to Fly took a time out from running, dancing, ducking, falling, and spinning to talk to us about life in this unusual dance company. 

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