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Jenifer Ringer performs as the Sugarplum Fairy during a 2010 performance of "The Nutcracker" at Lincoln Center in New York. Paul Kolnik/AP Photo hide caption

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The Tutu's Tale: A Cultural History Of Ballet's 'Angels'

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