Ballet http://wfae.org en Amanda Smith Dances Into History http://wfae.org/post/amanda-smith-dances-history <p>As Amanda Smith tells it, her father’s attitude was always, “Aww, my baby girl, she’s a little dancer.” Her mother, however, was skeptical. “This is just a hobby,” Smith remembers her telling everyone. “She’s not really going to do this. She’s going to be a lawyer; she’s going to be a doctor.” But once her mom saw young Amanda perform her first solo around eighth grade or so, “she was crying and said, ‘this is what you’re supposed to do.’”</p><p> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 15:40:49 +0000 Mary C. Curtis / QCitymetro 17450 at http://wfae.org Amanda Smith Dances Into History A Prima Ballerina Bestows Lessons To First Ward Kids http://wfae.org/post/prima-ballerina-bestows-lessons-first-ward-kids <p>Ayisha&nbsp;McMillan&nbsp;Cravotta&nbsp;has devoted her life to keeping her back straight and keeping her toes in the right direction since the age of two. In 2004, she made history when she became the North Carolina Dance&nbsp;Theatre’s&nbsp;first African-American ballerina to&nbsp;play a lead role, of Clara, in <em>The Nutcracker</em>.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 22:05:38 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 16935 at http://wfae.org A Prima Ballerina Bestows Lessons To First Ward Kids