Children From Brazil's Favelas Turn to Ballet for Escape

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Ballerina Hopefuls

Joana Machado (pictured) is one of several instructors teaching groups of young dancers from Brazil’s favelas the art of ballet. More than 20 girls, ages 5 through 12, from a tough Sao Paulo neighborhood called “cracolandia,” or crackland, attend Machado’s classes at her new studio twice a week, AP reports.

(Photo: AP Photo/Andre Penner)

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