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Dance in America


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Stories that will make you want to sway, spin, whirl, and twirl!

After listening to Ben Loory's “The Cape,” read by Tony Yazbeck, make sure to watch the original dance piece commissioned for this story danced by Forrest Hersey and Patrick O’Brien of Pigeonwing Dance. You can see a recording of the entire dance here.


Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents works celebrating dance. A domineering mother uses an evening at the ballet to find fault in "My Mother Explains the Ballet to Me,” by Jesse Eisenberg, performed by Patricia Kalember. A pioneering African-American dancer remembers an audition in “Léonide Massine,” by Janet Collins, performed by Carmen de Lavallade. A magical garment transforms its owner in “The Cape,” by Ben Loory, performed by Tony Yazbeck. And the “Tango” undermines a stuffy WASP community in this funny story by Kurt Vonnegut, performed by Tony Shalhoub.

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