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Neida Rodriguez dances ballet with the Northern Arizona University Music and Dance Academy. She danced the role of the Sugarplum Fairy in this year’s “The Nutcracker” performance. Ryan Williams/NHO

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Not your typical Native American dancers

Young dancers find inspiration in traditional ballet at Northern Arizona University Music and Dance Academy

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - A love of dancing unites four young Native American ballet dancers at the Northern Arizona University (NAU) Music and Dance Academy.