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After more than 30 years, Leslie Shepard says goodbye to the Baltimore School for the Arts
After more than 30 years, Leslie Shepard says goodbye to the Baltimore School for the Arts

The boy in the black leotard was throwing yet another temper tantrum. Seventeen-year-old Bilal Smith had his back to his dance instructor at the Baltimore School for the Arts. As she demonstrated a movement sequence to the class, Bilal bent from the waist, ran his hands up and down his legs and began to rhythmically twitch his buttocks: Left. Right. Left, right, left. The room became silent. "I was just stretching," Bilal said. "You can just leave," the teacher replied. The door clicked shut behind the teen's retreating back — and the sound registered on Leslie Shepard, the school's director, with the sharp precision of a slap. In the 32 years that...

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