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By Jeremy Goldmeier
The Abilene Reporter-News
February 25, 2012

In Abilene, a town that loves its youth team sports, the 17-year-old [Alexander Maryianowski’s]  dancing pursuits stood out. His participation in Abilene Ballet Theatre was highly visible: his talent and personality made him a go-to lead performer in local productions like “The Nutcracker” and “Coppelia.” Nearly every summer for the past several years, Alexander has attended ballet camps and academies throughout the country, perfecting his craft while boys his age were busy getting their driver’s licenses or working summer jobs.

Considering all the things they could have said, Alexander’s classmates showed a remarkable amount of respect toward his love of dance. Actual taunting was rare — everyone who really knew Alexander understood what ballet meant to him.

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© 2012 Abilene Reporter-News

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