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Racing to the ballet

Updated: April 16, 2004, 2:59 PM ET
Associated Press

ROANOKE, Va. -- The race has gone for almost an hour, and dancers in bright jumpsuits have started to crash in their midair leaps like a squadron of misfit superheroes.

Choreographer Jenny Mansfield frowns. They're supposed to look like race cars, she says, not superheroes. Two weeks before the debut of her new ballet, her dancers still haven't mastered the part.

"C'mon, you've got to get your arms right," she calls out, demonstrating with a complex twist and flex of her wrist.

Dancing ...

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