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Pendarvis New Release:

Another World: Ballet Lessons from Appalachia

After five years of intense research and thoughtful writing, Jesse Stuart Foundation Board Member Edwina Pendarvis has published “Another World: Ballet Lessons from Appalachia.”

This boundary-crossing book views ballet through the eyes of twenty-four Appalachian women — most from the Tri-State area — who began their ballet lessons in childhood. 

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