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Aug 19, 2015

The Crackland Ballerinas Of Brazil

The Crackland Ballerinas Of Brazil

Girls from Sao Paulo's "Crackland" neighborhood learn to jump and plie to escape their impoverished favela.

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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 known to locals as Cracolandia (Crackland) in Sao Paulo NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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Girls ride a van through the Luz neighborhood known to locals as Cracolandia (Crackland), towards their ballet lesson, in Sao Paulo NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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Young girl walks towards ballet lessons at the New Dreams dance studio, as people sleep on the street in the Luz neighborhood known to locals as Cracolandia (Crackland) in Sao Paulo NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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Young girls ride a van to their ballet lesson at the New Dreams dance studio, through the rough Luz neighborhood known to locals as Cracolandia (Crackland) in Sao Paulo NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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Young girls ride a van to their ballet lesson at the New Dreams dance studio, passing through the rough Luz neighborhood known to locals as Cracolandia (Crackland), in Sao Paulo NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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Silvana 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 known to locals as Cracolandia (Crackland) in Sao Paulo NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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Taissa Lima, 10, practices in 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 NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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Tais Tainara, 12, is reflected on a mirror as she practices ballet 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 NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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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 NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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Thalita Jesus, 7, runs 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 NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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Young girls run at the New Dreams dance studio in the Luz neighborhood known to locals as Cracolandia (Crackland) in Sao Paulo NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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Young girls play with a volunteer before taking ballet lessons at the New Dreams dance studio in the Luz neighborhood known to locals as Cracolandia (Crackland) in Sao Paulo NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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Young girls embrace their teacher Joana de Assis after their ballet lesson at the House of Dreams dance school in the Luz neighborhood known to locals as Cracolandia (Crackland) in Sao Paulo NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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Young girls take ballet lessons at the New Dreams dance studio in the Luz neighborhood known to locals as Cracolandia (Crackland) in Sao Paulo NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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Young girls arrive for their ballet lessons at the New Dreams dance studio in the Luz neighborhood known to locals as Cracolandia (Crackland) in Sao Paulo NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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Young girls take ballet lessons at the New Dreams dance studio in the Luz neighborhood known to locals as Cracolandia (Crackland) in Sao Paulo NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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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 NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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Young girls take ballet lessons at the New Dreams dance studio in the Luz neighborhood known to locals as Cracolandia (Crackland) in Sao Paulo NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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Young girls eat a lunch after taking ballet lessons at the New Dreams dance studio in the Luz neighborhood known to locals as Cracolandia (Crackland) in Sao Paulo NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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Young girls take ballet lessons at the New Dreams dance studio in the Luz neighborhood known to locals as Cracolandia (Crackland) in Sao Paulo NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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Young girls pray after taking ballet lessons at the New Dreams dance studio in the Luz neighborhood known to locals as Cracolandia (Crackland) in Sao Paulo NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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Young girls wait to take ballet lessons at the New Dreams dance studio in the Luz neighborhood known to locals as Cracolandia (Crackland) in Sao Paulo NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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A young girl has her hair styled by a friend before taking ballet lessons at the New Dreams dance studio in the Luz neighborhood known to locals as Cracolandia (Crackland) in Sao Paulo NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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Young girl gestures as they take ballet lessons at the New Dreams dance studio in the Luz neighborhood known to locals as Cracolandia (Crackland) in Sao Paulo NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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Young girls pray with volunteers after ballet lessons at the New Dreams dance studio in the Luz neighborhood known to locals as Cracolandia (Crackland) in Sao Paulo NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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Young girls take ballet lessons at the New Dreams dance studio in the Luz neighborhood known to locals as Cracolandia (Crackland) in Sao Paulo NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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Teacher Joana de Assis guides a girl with a position during a ballet lesson at the New Dreams dance studio in the Luz neighborhood known to locals as Cracolandia (Crackland) in Sao Paulo NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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A young girl rides on a van to take ballet lesson at the New Dreams dance studio, through the rough Luz neighborhood known to locals as Cracolandia (Crackland) in Sao Paulo NACHO DOCE/REUTERS

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