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Richard Strauss

Pliés and push-ups

Pliés and push-ups

On the second floor of the Sudbrook Arts Centre in Pikesville, Tim Fox snapped his fingers to live piano music as he watched his three teenage ballet students move elegantly through their growing repertoire of ballet positions. "This is not brain surgery and nobody dies if you screw up a step," the instructor said gently, detecting a slight hesitation at the double and triple combinations he was calling out as the trio warmed up at the barre to Richard Strauss' "Russian Folk Dance." Dressed in footless black tights and ballet shoes, the students could be dancing in any studio. But this one's different than most: The pupils are all boys enrolled in Ballet for...