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This article was originally published in The New York Times by Leslie Kaufman

Ballroom Dance Resurgence Reaches Classrooms

There are a lot of unlikely paths to fame in this city. For a group of preternaturally poised fifth graders in Washington Heights, the limelight has swung their way because of the tango. And the fox trot.

Three years ago, Public School 115 on West 177th Street became one of scores of New York City elementary schools that mandated ballroom dancing for some fourth and filth graders. But the children at P.S. 115 excelled quickly. Really excelled.

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