In this Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 photo, Matthew Rushing, a veteran star of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, rehearses at the company's headquarters, in New York. When Rushing was a young boy growing up in ... more 
In this Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 photo, Matthew Rushing, a veteran star of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, rehearses at the company's headquarters, in New York. When Rushing was a young boy growing up in Inglewood, Calif., his mother was concerned he might fall prey to the gang violence that plagued the city. So she signed him up for an afterschool arts program. It kept the 12-year-old boy off the streets, but it also did something his mother couldn’t have predicted: It propelled him into a love affair with dance, a passion that's led him to the very pinnacle of the art form. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Richard Drew
Fri, Dec 13, 2013 11:57 AM EST