Discipline and talent take dancer from poverty to success

November 2, 2014 12:00 AM

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Discipline and talent take dancer from poverty to success

Uri Sands has not been back to the Perrine neighborhood where he grew up in 23 years. Much of it looks the same; small, sun-faded concrete homes, chain-link fences, strips of tiny liquor and convenience stores, trash-strewn or lushly overgrown lots.

He shakes his head at how simultaneously foreign and familiar it all seems, remembering nights that echoed with gunfire, running to the store to play a number for his grandmother, overhearing the grownups talk about so-and-so getting shot, or the neighbor lady who’d become a prostitute.

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