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My Turn: A different kind of dance that’s amazing to behold

Lately, I’ve been watching a ballet. The “dancers” execute maneuvers as smoothly as costumed performers on a stage. They move about with sureness and precision. No pirouettes, no leaps in the air, but a ballet just the same.

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