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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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August 17, 2015
A young girl rides a van on her way to a ballet lesson at the New Dreams dance studio, through the rough...
Sao Paulo, Brazil
A young girl rides on a van to take ballet lesson at the New Dreams dance studio, through the rough Luz...
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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August 17, 2015
Teacher Joana de Assis guides a girl with a position during a ballet lesson at the New Dreams dance studio...
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Teacher Joana de Assis guides a girl with a position during a ballet lesson at the New Dreams dance studio...
Teacher Joana de Assis guides a girl with a position during a ballet lesson at the New Dreams dance studio in the Luz neighborhood in Sao Paulo, Brazil, August 12, 2015. "We take them off the streets, sometimes from their houses in the slums and we bring them here where they can bathe, eat, put on their ballet clothes and do a dance class. We give them a dance class, we give them love and affection," says de Assis. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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August 17, 2015
Silvana (R) holds a three-month-old baby inside their house before her sister takes ballet lesson at...
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Silvana holds a three-month-old baby inside their house before her sister takes ballet lesson at the...
Silvana (R) holds a three-month-old baby inside their house before her sister takes ballet lesson at the New Dreams dance studio, in the Luz neighborhood in Sao Paulo, Brazil, August 12, 2015. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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August 17, 2015
Thalita Jesus, 7, runs inside her house before her ballet lesson at the New Dreams dance studio, in...
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Thalita Jesus, 7, runs inside her house before her ballet lesson at the New Dreams dance studio, in...
Thalita Jesus, 7, runs inside her house before her ballet lesson at the New Dreams dance studio, in the Luz neighborhood in Sao Paulo, Brazil, August 12, 2015. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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August 17, 2015
Taissa Lima, 10, practices in her house before her ballet lesson at the New Dreams dance studio, in the...
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Taissa Lima, 10, practices in her house before her ballet lesson at the New Dreams dance studio, in the...
Taissa Lima, 10, practices in her house before her ballet lesson at the New Dreams dance studio, in the Luz neighborhood in Sao Paulo, Brazil, August 12, 2015. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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August 17, 2015
Thalita Jesus, 7, lies on her bed inside her house before her ballet lesson at the New Dreams dance...
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Thalita Jesus, 7, lies on her bed inside her house before her ballet lesson at the New Dreams dance...
Thalita Jesus, 7, lies on her bed inside her house before her ballet lesson at the New Dreams dance studio, in the Luz neighborhood known to locals as Cracolandia (Crackland) in Sao Paulo, Brazil, August 12, 2015. For the young girls learning to jump and plie, the dance studio provides a way forward and out of the difficult environment they have grown up in. Brazil is one of the world's highest consuming countries of crack cocaine, and Cracolandia, or "Crack Land", located in the outskirts of Sao Paulo, is one of the most intense and brutal hubs. Picture taken August 12, 2015. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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August 17, 2015
Young girls board a van taking them to ballet lessons at the New Dreams dance studio, as people sleep...
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Young girls board a van taking them to ballet lessons at the New Dreams dance studio, as people sleep...
Young girls board a van taking them to ballet lessons at the New Dreams dance studio, as people sleep on the street in the Luz neighborhood in Sao Paulo, Brazil, August 14, 2015. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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August 17, 2015
Young girls ride a van through the Luz neighborhood towards their ballet lesson, in Sao Paulo, Brazil,...
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Girls ride a van through the Luz neighborhood known to locals as Cracolandia (Crackland), towards their...
Young girls ride a van through the Luz neighborhood towards their ballet lesson, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, August 14, 2015. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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August 17, 2015
Young girls ride a van to their ballet lesson at the New Dreams dance studio, passing through the rough...
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Young girls ride a van to their ballet lesson at the New Dreams dance studio, passing through the rough...
Young girls ride a van to their ballet lesson at the New Dreams dance studio, passing through the rough Luz neighborhood in Sao Paulo, Brazil, August 14, 2015. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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August 17, 2015
Young girls arrive for their ballet lessons at the New Dreams dance studio in the Luz neighborhood in...
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Young girls arrive for their ballet lessons at the New Dreams dance studio in the Luz neighborhood known...
Young girls arrive for their ballet lessons at the New Dreams dance studio in the Luz neighborhood in Sao Paulo, Brazil, August 12, 2015. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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August 17, 2015
Young girls take ballet lessons at the New Dreams dance studio in the Luz neighborhood in Sao Paulo,...
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Young girls take ballet lessons at the New Dreams dance studio in the Luz neighborhood known to locals...
Young girls take ballet lessons at the New Dreams dance studio in the Luz neighborhood in Sao Paulo, Brazil, August 14, 2015. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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August 17, 2015
Young girls take ballet lessons at the New Dreams dance studio in the Luz neighborhood in Sao Paulo,...
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Young girls take ballet lessons at the New Dreams dance studio in the Luz neighborhood known to locals...
Young girls take ballet lessons at the New Dreams dance studio in the Luz neighborhood in Sao Paulo, Brazil, August 14, 2015. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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August 17, 2015
Young girls take ballet lessons at the New Dreams dance studio in the Luz neighborhood known to locals...
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Young girls take ballet lessons at the New Dreams dance studio in the Luz neighborhood known to locals...
Young girls take ballet lessons at the New Dreams dance studio in the Luz neighborhood known to locals as Cracolandia (Crackland) in Sao Paulo, Brazil, August 14, 2015. For the young girls learning to jump and plie, the dance studio provides a way forward and out of the difficult environment they have grown up in. Brazil is one of the world's highest consuming countries of crack cocaine, and Cracolandia, or "Crack Land", located in the outskirts of Sao Paulo, is one of the most intense and brutal hubs. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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August 17, 2015
Young girls embrace their teacher Joana de Assis after their ballet lesson at the House of Dreams dance...
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Young girls embrace their teacher Joana de Assis after their ballet lesson at the House of Dreams dance...
Young girls embrace their teacher Joana de Assis after their ballet lesson at the House of Dreams dance school in the Luz neighborhood in Sao Paulo, Brazil, August 12, 2015. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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August 17, 2015
Young girls pray with volunteers after ballet lessons at the New Dreams dance studio in the Luz neighborhood...
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Young girls pray with volunteers after ballet lessons at the New Dreams dance studio in the Luz neighborhood...
Young girls pray with volunteers after ballet lessons at the New Dreams dance studio in the Luz neighborhood in Sao Paulo, Brazil, August 14, 2015. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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August 17, 2015
Young girls play with a volunteer before taking ballet lessons at the New Dreams dance studio in the...
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Young girls play with a volunteer before taking ballet lessons at the New Dreams dance studio in the...
Young girls play with a volunteer before taking ballet lessons at the New Dreams dance studio in the Luz neighborhood in Sao Paulo, Brazil, August 14, 2015. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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August 17, 2015
Young girls take a bath after taking ballet lessons at the New Dreams dance studio in the Luz neighborhood...
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Young girls take a bath after taking ballet lessons at the New Dreams dance studio in the Luz neighborhood...
Young girls take a bath after taking ballet lessons at the New Dreams dance studio in the Luz neighborhood known to locals as Cracolandia (Crackland) in Sao Paulo, Brazil, August 14, 2015. For the young girls learning to jump and plie, the dance studio provides a way forward and out of the difficult environment they have grown up in.ÒWe take them off the streets, sometimes from their houses in the slums and we bring them here where they can bathe, eat, put on their ballet clothes and do a dance class. We give them a dance class, we give them love and affection, according to dance teacher and project leader, Joana de Assis. Brazil is one of the world«s highest consuming countries of crack cocaine, and Cracolandia, or "Crack Land", located in the outskirts of Sao Paulo, is one of the most intense and brutal hubs. Picture taken August 14, 2015. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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