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Russian Ballerina Fired for Being Too Big

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Russian Ballerina Fired for Being Too Big

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Russian Ballerina Fired for Being Too Big

Russian Ballerina Fired for Being Too Big

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The director of Russia's Bolshoi theater defends a decision to fire a popular ballerina. Her employer says Anastasia Volochkova was [too tall — and at 109 pounds, too heavy — to perform.] NPR's Lawrence Sheets reports.