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Ballet in Brazil's 'Crackland' - 18 Aug 2015 - Sort by:
Ballet in Brazil's 'Crackland' - 18 Aug 2015
On the outskirts of Sao Paulo in Brazil, the rough Luz neighbourhood - known as Cracolandia or "Crackland" locally for its widespread use of crack cocaine – might seem a world away from the beauty and grace usually associated with ballet.

But there’s another side to life in Luz, in a country that’s among the world's biggest consumers of crack cocaine. Young girls get in a minibus, sometimes with people sleeping on the streets around them, and travel to the New Dreams dance studio, where they don pointe shoes, tights and tutus to take ballet classes.
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A young girl rides a van on her way to a ballet lesson at the New Dreams dance studio, through the rough Luz neighborhood in Sao Paulo, Brazil, August 12, 2015. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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