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Judith Jamison

Baltimore dancer steps into role with prestigious Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre

Baltimore dancer steps into role with prestigious Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre

Gifted with a mother's second sight, Catherine Johnson knew her daughter Jacqueline Green better than the child knew herself.

In 2004, the eighth-grader insisted she had absolutely zero desire to study dance. "Oh, Mom," she said, rolling her eyes. "Why would I want to do that?"

Nonetheless, at her mother's prodding and though she had never taken a dance class in her life, she auditioned for the Baltimore School of the Arts.

On Tuesday, the 22-year-old Green will return to her hometown for the first time as a member of the main company of Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, one of America's premier modern dance troupes.

"The first year at the...

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