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Indian teen Amiruddin Shah pirouettes from Mumbai slum to US ballet school

Amiruddin Shah (in green) practises at a dance academy in Mumbai.

By: Eastern Eye Staff

A teenager from a Mumbai slum is closer to fulfilling his dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer after being accepted into a prestigious school in New York. Amiruddin Shah, the 16-year-old son of a welder, will enrol at the American Ballet Theatre’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School (JKO) in August, less than three years after taking up the dance. “I come from a poor family who didn’t know anything about ballet or America but they are very supportive and I am really excited to be going,” Shah said. The youngster had never heard of ballet when one day in 2013 he left his family’s cramped shanty to sign up for hip hop classes at a dance centre offering…

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