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Ballethnic: Young dancers add to tradition of African-American ballet

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Dance Theatre of Harlem veterans Waverly T. Lucas, Nena Gilreath cofounded Ballethnic

  • Adoptive mother Dorothy Venn says dance opened doors, kept her sons out of trouble
RELATED TOPICS
  • Ballet

In Atlanta, Georgia, two veterans of the famed Dance Theatre of Harlem keep alive the rich tradition of African-American ballet and dance.

Many of their students deal with stereotypes, financial hardship and the temptation of the streets.

At Ballethnic ("ballet" and "ethnic" combined) they find an artistic outlet and the discipline of the dance.