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June 11, 2010

The Life Of A Ballerina

The Life Of A Ballerina

The dance world this week is mourning the passing of one of its greatest. Marina Semyonova was the archetypal prima ballerina with the Bolshoi ballet in Moscow back in the 1930's. She went on to become a legendary dance teacher. Today, Dick Gordon talks to one young, Russian-trained ballerina, Grier Cooper. These days Grier is a mother, writer and photographer. But as a young girl, Grier attended New York City Ballet's prestigious and demanding School of American Ballet, where she trained under another of the great Russian teachers Antonina Tumkovsky. After she won a contract at the Miami City Ballet, Grier shocked family and friends by leaving her dream behind.

Soccer Dreams

In the sports world, the buzz is all about soccer, and the start of the World Cup. One young man who dreams of representing the U.S. in international play is Mike Paye. Mike grew up in Liberia. He moved to the U.S. when his home country was rocked by war and his father died in the violence. The one thing Mike remembers about growing up, and about his father, is soccer. Now Mike honors the memory of his dad as a stand out player on a soccer club team. Through his sport, he's also found a new family with fellow player Trey Johnson.

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