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Blind ballerinas for the Association of Ballet and Arts for the Blind, Gayza Pereira (C) and Giovanna Basso (R), prepare backstage next to physically handicapped dancer Gregorio do Santos, before performing Don Quixote at the Brigadeiro Theater in Sao Paulo November 26, 2011. The Association was founded by Brazilian ballerina and physiotherapist Fernanda Bianchini in 1995, when she decided to teach classical ballet to the blind for free. Since then her classes have been opened to the deaf and mute, and even to children and youths with other handicaps. Bianchi says that the school's main goal is to teach self-esteem to the students. Picture taken November 26, 2011. REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCIETY)