A piano recording plays from a speaker in the center of the dance studio as a class of five ballet students lines up at the bar mounted to the wall at the Moscow Movement Arts Center.

After they’ve warmed their muscles, the dancers take positions along the blue masking tape on the floor. They are practicing their ballet for a show.

The students in Rachel Dodson’s ballet class meet three times a week for at least two hours at a time and the amount of time her students put into practicing is starting to pay off, as three of her students who applied to intensive summer programs have been accepted.

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