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It's homecoming for 2 Baltimore-area dancers as Ailey II performs at Towson University

It's homecoming for 2 Baltimore-area dancers as Ailey II performs at Towson University

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...

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