This story is getting a lot of publicity: Ballet dancers turn into NASCAR race cars
ROANOKE, Va. - The race has gone for almost an hour, and dancers in bright jumpsuits have started to collide in their midair leaps like a squadron of misfit superheroes.
Choreographer Jenny Mansfield frowns. They're supposed to look like race cars, she says, not superheroes. Two weeks before the debut of her new ballet, her dancers still haven't mastered the part.
"C'mon, you've got to get your arms right," she calls out, demonstrating with a complex twist and flex of her wrist.
Dancing ballet in this small Southern city of 95,000 can be a mind-bending experience. Hoping to reach a wider audience in Virginia's Appalachian highlands, Mansfield's Roanoke Ballet Theatre company has had dancers pirouette to bluegrass music and prance along the sides of buildings, suspended from ropes. click for more