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Ballet School in Baghdad: And we thought we had it bad..
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Author:  LMCtech [ Wed Jan 08, 2003 6:53 pm ]
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An article on-line about an arts school in the heart of Iraq. Even in the most adverse of conditions, humans must dance...

Iraqi tots cling to beauty of ballet

Young ballerinas, oblivious of war threats on their country, dance to rhythm of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake.

By Marwan Naamani - BAGHDAD

As Baghdad ballet teacher Zikra Minhaim surveys her young charges enthusiastically rehearsing their steps, she sees a glimmer of hope, a rare glimpse of beauty amid the grim war clouds gathering over her stricken city.

"What amazes me is when people outside are buying generators, stocking food, the only worry these girls have is how to have a good dancing position and how to stand on their toes elegantly," says Minhaim.

Author:  djb [ Wed Jan 08, 2003 8:22 pm ]
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I'll email this link to the hawks in DC, in the (probably vain) hope that it'll affect them the way it did me.

I tried reading the Arabic at the top of the page, utilizing my one semester's study of Arabic, only to discover that it's not a translation, but a transliteration, of "Middle East Online." Odd.

Author:  ncgnet [ Sun Apr 13, 2008 7:36 am ]
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In the Boston Globe, an article by Alexandra Zavis of the LA Times:
In Baghdad, this oasis of grace struggles to keep culture alive
In a city full of bloodshed, the Baghdad School of Music and Ballet is an oasis, instilling in its young charges a love of music and dance in the midst of war.
Through the worst of the violence, Iraq’s only performing arts school never stopped putting on shows and sending teachers and students on cultural exchanges abroad.


Author:  disneydance [ Sat Jul 19, 2008 2:47 am ]
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I believe I read about this some wear in a news paper or something a few years ago. I'm not very sure but I do believe I did. I actually think its kinda neat I mean with war going on its something that can keep it out of there minds for a little while. Especially as Ballet is very relaxing.

Author:  Gina Ness [ Sat Jul 19, 2008 11:08 am ]
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Hello, disneydance, and welcome to CriticalDance. May this remarkable school continue to educate and uplift its students and teachers...

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