16-year-old pivots from a Kenyan slum to the ballet stage

In this photo taken Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, Kenyan ballet dancer Joel Kioko, 16, strikes a pose as a joke as he walks through the courtyard of a school where he was teaching young dancers, in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya. In a country not usually associated with classical ballet, Kenya's most promising young ballet dancer Joel Kioko has come home for Christmas from his training in the United States, to dance a solo in The Nutcracker and teach holiday classes to aspiring dancers in Kibera, the Kenyan capital's largest slum. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — In a country not usually associated with classical ballet, a 16-year-old dancer leaps onto the stage, his gravity-defying turns taking the audience's breath away.


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