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In this Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011 photo, David Hallberg, 29, front, regarded as one of the most talented male ballet dancers in the world, practices during a class with American Ballet Theatre dancers in New York. In a reversal of tradition, the young American ballet star will be debuting in Moscow this weekend as a premier dancer with the famed Bolshoi Ballet.

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From South Dakota to the Bolshoi, a dancer’s leap

When David Hallberg was 9, he brought his brand new tap shoes to show-and-tell at school. The other boys all brought their hockey sticks. It can be lonely being a boy who loves dance, especially in the American heartland.

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