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Rejoice School of Ballet
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In its latest stage production, a multi-racial youth ballet company in Nashville has decided to tell the story of American slavery and racism.

Thomas Maupin buck dance
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A Tennessee master of a waning dance style has earned national recognition.

Thomas Maupin is a scrawny 78-year-old buck dancer from Eagleville. His elbows, hips and knees jangle like a country puppet while his black shoes clack out intricate rhythms across wooden dance floors. After years of local notoriety, he's been named as a National Heritage Fellow.