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In this photo taken Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, young ballerinas practice under the instruction of Kenyan ballet dancer Joel Kioko, 16, left, in a room at a school in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya. In a country not usually associated with classical ballet, Kenya's most promising young ballet dancer Joel Kioko has come home for Christmas from his training in the United States, to dance a solo in The Nutcracker and teach holiday classes to aspiring dancers in Kibera, the Kenyan capital's largest slum. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
In this photo taken Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, young ballerinas practice under the instruction of Kenyan ballet dancer Joel Kioko, 16, left, in a room at a school in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya. In a country not usually associated with classical ballet, Kenya's most promising young ballet dancer Joel Kioko has come home for Christmas from his training in the United States, to dance a solo in The Nutcracker and teach holiday classes to aspiring dancers in Kibera, the Kenyan capital's largest slum. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

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