A Beloved American Ballerina, Ending An Era

October 14, 2014 6:56 PM

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NEW YORK (AP) — It's a sunny October afternoon, and Wendy Whelan, who's been enthralling audiences for three decades at New York City Ballet, is engaged in her favorite activity: Getting down and dirty in the rehearsal studio, trying to figure things out.

She swoops high onto her partner's shoulders, soaring with the music, an otherworldy look on her face. Then — oops! — she breaks into giggles when an attempted landing doesn't quite work. Time to rejigger.

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