Photo Gallery: Ballet Lessons in a Brazilian Favela
Foto: Evgeny Makarov
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Photo Gallery: Ballet Lessons in a Brazilian Favela

Favela Ballet Dance School Offers Girls a Future in Notorious Rio Slum

In one of Rio de Janeiro's most dangerous areas, one woman is using ballet to guide young girls away from a future of poverty and crime. But to keep her dance academy alive, she must constantly bend to the laws of the favela -- and contend with drug dealers and hostile politicians alike.
Von Fabian Federl
Maysa Aben-Athar gets ready for her ballet class.

Maysa Aben-Athar gets ready for her ballet class.

Foto: Evgeny Makarov
Girls in tutus make their way to ballet lessons. Knowing journalists were present, the girls put on their finest ballet costumes.

Girls in tutus make their way to ballet lessons. Knowing journalists were present, the girls put on their finest ballet costumes.

Foto: Evgeny Makarov
Daiana Ferreira de Oliveira is the director of the ballet school in Manguinhos.

Daiana Ferreira de Oliveira is the director of the ballet school in Manguinhos.

Foto: Evgeny Makarov
A mother escorts her daughter to ballet lessons.

A mother escorts her daughter to ballet lessons.

Foto: Evgeny Makarov
Older students perform splits at the ballet school.

Older students perform splits at the ballet school.

Foto: Evgeny Makarov
Photo Gallery: Ballet Lessons in a Brazilian Favela
Foto: Evgeny Makarov
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Photo Gallery: Ballet Lessons in a Brazilian Favela

The Manguinhos favela in Rio de Janeiro.

The Manguinhos favela in Rio de Janeiro.

Foto: Evgeny Makarov
Thyffanny Almeida Ribeiro makes her way to ballet lessons.

Thyffanny Almeida Ribeiro makes her way to ballet lessons.

Foto: Evgeny Makarov
Maysa Aben-Athar practices ballet moves with fellow students at her dance school in Manguinho.

Maysa Aben-Athar practices ballet moves with fellow students at her dance school in Manguinho.

Foto: Evgeny Makarov
Maysa Aben-Athar attends a performance at the Theatro Municipal in Rio together with Daiana.

Maysa Aben-Athar attends a performance at the Theatro Municipal in Rio together with Daiana.

Foto: Evgeny Makarov
A mother waits in front of her apartment while children prepare to walk to ballet school together.

A mother waits in front of her apartment while children prepare to walk to ballet school together.

Foto: Evgeny Makarov

This piece is part of the Global Societies series. The project runs for three years and is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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