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Q&A: Copeland looks to her youth in new kids book 'Bunheads'

Sep. 28, 2020 10:15 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Misty Copeland has long told the story of the childhood ballet teacher who recognized her talent and took the young dancer, then 13, from the cramped motel room she was living in to stay in her own house for three years, so she could continue her training. Now “Miss Bradley”...

Ballet dancer Anthony Mmesoma Madu appears in his dance studio in Lagos, Nigeria on Aug. 18, 2020. Cellphone video showing the 11-year-old dancing barefoot in the rain went viral on social media. Madu’s practice dance session was so impressive that it earned him a ballet scholarship with the American Ballet Theater in the U.S. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Nigerian boy gains fame with dance video as stars pay homage

Aug. 21, 2020 2:29 PM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — When Anthony Mmesoma Madu was videoed practicing ballet barefoot in the drizzling rain in Nigeria earlier this year, the 11-year-old thought the footage would be used for a common film study session. Instead, the cellphone video of him performing the pirouette without shoes on the...

Ballet student Anthony Mmesoma Madu, center, dances in the street as fellow dancers look on in Lagos, Nigeria on Aug. 18, 2020. Cellphone video showing the 11-year-old dancing barefoot in the rain went viral on social media. Madu’s practice dance session was so impressive that it earned him a ballet scholarship with the American Ballet Theater in the U.S. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

AP Photos: 'Our people can fly!'

Aug. 21, 2020 1:27 PM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — He spins effortlessly and leaps elegantly. His pirouette is effervescent. Cellphone video of 11-year-old Anthony Mmesoma Madu practicing ballet barefoot in the drizzling rain in Nigeria has caught fire on social media. The video has garnered more than 20 million views on social media...

Carolina Wolf, who dances with Venezuela's national ballet, trains in her living room where she adapted her bookshelf to take the place of her ballet bar, during a lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. The 42-year-old ballerina said her living room is four times smaller than the studio where she practiced daily at the famed Teresa Carreño Theater, and she doesn't dare do jumps in fear of injuring herself on the hard floor. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Venezuela ballerina reinvents training at home in quarantine

Aug. 13, 2020 2:38 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A book cabinet has become a training bar for Venezuelan ballerina Carolina Wolf. She has to wet her ballet slippers so her feet don’t slip on the tile floor. Her two cats replace an audience of hundreds of people. Wolf has has had to reinvent her daily training routines to...