Blind Ballerinas in Brazil

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São Paulo, Brazil is home to the world’s only professional ballet company for the blind. The ballet company is operated by the Fernanda Bianchini Association, a non-profit organization. The organization was founded by Fernanda Bianchini, a ballet instructor who for more than two decades has volunteered to teach people with sight deficiencies More...

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On January 18, 2017
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On November 12, 2016
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On September 25, 2012
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Looking Ahead

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On September 18, 2012
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Metamorphosis

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On August 16, 2012
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Gold, Again!

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On July 13, 2012
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New York Welcomes Brazilian Tourism

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On May 15, 2012
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On May 4, 2012
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Election Time

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