Ballet lessons bring grace and hope to the lives of girls in Brazil's gritty slums

  • by: ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON , Associated Press
  • Updated: August 24, 2014 - 11:10 PM

SAO PAULO — Past the graffiti-covered overpass and subway tracks, in a slum penned in by high-rises, 8-year-old Gabriela Aparecida fixes her curly hair into a bun as she waits for a ride to her new favorite activity: ballet. Peeling back the tarp over the doorway, the skinny girl reaches out into the dirt alleyway to hug the church volunteer arriving to take her to dance class.

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