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For the past 12 years, Joseph Rodgers and his wife, Soleste Lupu-Rodgers, have been breaking down barriers to ballet for children in South Tucson.

“These are the poorest residents in Tucson and they want to protect their culture. Many people are uncertain about me bringing in ballet. They think that, one, it costs a lot of money; and two, they have to be white to do it; or three, they need to be a certain size or weight. We eliminate all of that. Ballet is an intimidating world and people have different perceptions, and I am trying to make it available for everyone who wants the opportunity,” said Rodgers, who founded the nonprofit Dancing in the Streets Arizona with money that the couple received as wedding gifts.

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