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Gabe Stone Shayer—"Leaping Into Your Identity" (Episode 10)

"A big part of my identity as a dancer and as an artist is Russian. Like some of [my Russian ballet classmates] came over to take class here the other day and the teacher was giving a correction one of the boys and I was dancing the combination right after him and he looks over at me and says, 'That's a Russian plié!' And it's funny because the technique and style of Russian ballet transcended the race to be passed on to me."

We grande jeté over to American Ballet Theatre to talk with corps de ballet member Gabe Stone Shayer about breaking barriers as a black ballet dancer, immersing yourself into your passion, and how ballet is an art for everyone.

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