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A little shaken by the amount of stretching, Mark Shapic, 11, sheds some tears at the end of a weekly all boys ballet rehearsal Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 at The Naples Ballet Academy in Naples, Fla. Shapic was okay after a few minutes. Boys are often focused on football or other sports, but for some ballet is their chosen after-school activity. At The Naples Ballet Academy, boys learn from a professional male dancer in an all-boy class. These future Nutcracker stars are learning how to arabesque, plie, pointe work and more.

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Corey Perrine/Staff A little shaken by the amount of stretching, Mark Shapic, 11, sheds some tears at the end of a weekly all boys ballet rehearsal Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 at The Naples Ballet Academy in Naples, Fla. Shapic was okay after a few minutes. Boys are often focused on football or other sports, but for some ballet is their chosen after-school activity. At The Naples Ballet Academy, boys learn from a professional male dancer in an all-boy class. These future Nutcracker stars are learning how to arabesque, plie, pointe work and more.

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