First, Jessica Amber Pinkett wanted ballet shoes.
Then a tutu and a tiara.
At age 4, dance lessons.
Her mother thought it was a phase, but when Pinkett saw Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell perform with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, she was inspired.
"I thought, 'I want to do that. Where is she from?'" said the Randallstown native, 23, who is a cousin of Baltimore native and actress Jada Pinkett Smith. A Towson University graduate (as of May), she is a new member of Ailey II, the junior version of the New York-based dance company.
This week, Pinkett, now a resident of Brooklyn, N.Y., will return to the Baltimore area along with Baltimore...