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In this Nov. 3, 2019, photograph a child with Down syndrome prepare to show skirts displaying drawings inspired by children, during a fashion show dubbed

AP Photos: Disabled Romanian children given chance to shine

Jan. 4, 2020 5:07 AM EST

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — During Romania's communist era, children with disabilities were shunned, often locked away in institutions or kept at home and deprived of schooling and social interactions. Recent shows in which children with Down syndrome had the starring roles illustrate how much that has...

Striking musicians of the Paris Opera house perform outside the Bastille Opera house Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019 in Paris. Banner reads : Paris Opera on strike. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)

Sour notes for Macron from striking Paris Opera musicians

Dec. 31, 2019 3:19 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron has called for a compromise between his government and unions over plans to change the pension system that have led to sustained strikes — including from Paris Opera musicians who staged a street concert in rebellion. In a spirited, makeshift...

Young dancers perform on stage during a rehearsal of Vladimir Issaev's rendition of The Nutcracker ballet on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. More than 20 dancers of Venezuelan origin were playing various roles on a recent performance of the holiday favorite “The Nutcracker.” Some of these dancers are here seeking asylum after fleeing their crisis-torn nation, which is plagued by shortages of food and medicine.  (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Miami ballet school a haven for Venezuelan dancing diaspora

Dec. 25, 2019 10:45 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Lusian Hernandez’s eyes watered when she recalled receiving a free pair of pointe shoes after arriving in Miami on a dance scholarship as her native Venezuela descended into an economic crisis. On a recent night, Hernandez appeared on a South Florida stage in a burgundy gown for the...

This image released by Universal Pictures shows Judi Dench as Old Deuteronomy in a scene from

Review: Forget CGI. Dench is the special effect in 'Cats'

Dec. 18, 2019 7:46 PM EST

There’s apparently enough groundbreaking technology used in “Cats” for NASA to send a rocket to unexplored parts of the universe — perhaps to a far-off planet where cats sing, dance on two legs, and recite T.S. Eliot poetry in half-Cockney accents. But let’s forget the...

Members of the national ballet of Cuba stretch while they watch a practice directed by Viengsay Valdes in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019. Valdes, the new head of Cuba's legendary National Ballet, says she hopes to renew the institution after the death of long-time director Alicia Alonso by introducing new choreography and appearances by dancers who have emigrated to other companies. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

AP Interview: New Cuban ballet head pledges renovation

Dec. 13, 2019 12:14 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — The new head of Cuba's legendary National Ballet says she hopes to renew the institution after the death of long-time director Alicia Alonso by introducing new choreography and appearances by dancers who have emigrated to other companies. In an interview with The Associated Press, Viengsay...

This Dec. 9, 2019 photo released by Dance Magazine shows Sara Mearns performing at the 62nd Annual Dance Magazine Awards at the Ailey Citigroup Theater in New York. (Steve Zak/Dance Magazine via AP)

Dancer Sara Mearns channels Isadora Duncan at awards gala

Dec. 10, 2019 2:53 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — First, Sara Mearns performed a crisp, classical solo by George Balanchine. Then she left the stage while others sang her praises, returning with her hair down, her feet bare and dressed in a flowing gown, to perform a work by Isadora Duncan. The performance by Mearns, 33, as she accepted a...

NYC Ballet casts first black Marie in ‘The Nutcracker’

Dec. 2, 2019 5:54 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker” has cast a black dancer to play Marie for the first time. The New York Times reports Charlotte Nebres will star in this year’s rendition of the company’s production, which started in 1954 Nebres is...

In this Nov. 19, 2019, photo, Misty Copeland poses for a portrait in New York. No other ballet dancer has crossed over into mainstream popular culture like Misty Copeland. Now Copeland, the first black female principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre, is the latest celebrity to teach an online MasterClass. (Photo by MattLicari/Invision/AP)

Not just arabesques: Misty Copeland imparts her life lessons

Dec. 2, 2019 10:10 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — No other ballet dancer has crossed over into mainstream popular culture quite like Misty Copeland. That was Copeland at the recent American Music Awards, dancing a passionate duet with partner Craig Hall as Taylor Swift sat at the piano singing her hit “Lover.” She’s...