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"Little Dancer," a sculpture by French artist Edgar Degas, is seen at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., on July 16, 2014. Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post via Getty Images hide caption

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Wendy Whelan danced with the New York City Ballet for three decades. Paul Kolnik/The George Balanchine Trust Credit/Abramorama hide caption

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From Injury To Recovery, A Ballerina Fought To Retire On Her Own Terms

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Cuban prima ballerina assoluta and choreographer Alicia Alonso acknowledges applause as she enters the theater that bears her name, before the arrival of President Obama at the Gran Teatro de la Havana. Mastrafoto/CON/LatinContent/Getty Images hide caption

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Lorna Burdsall with Fidel Castro in Havana, 1983. Courtesy of Gabriela Burdsall hide caption

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Stranger Than Fiction: Cuba, Spies, Bombs And Dance

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Finn Miller Vaughan, 8, practices at the barre at Canyon Concert Ballet in Fort Collins. He is the only boy in his ballet class. Stacy Nick/KUNC hide caption

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Ballet Programs Look For More Boys To Step Up To The Barre

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Swan Lake is 120 years old and still popular. The Mariinsky Theatre's current tour of the ballet at BAM in New York City is nearly sold-out. Valentin Baranovsky/BAM hide caption

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A Rare Bird: After 120 Years, Audiences Still Flock To 'Swan Lake'

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