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In his series “Ballerinas of Cairo”, photographer Mohamed Taher documents Egyptian dancers making the city streets their stage – pirouetting, leaping and posing their way through their country’s sprawling capital. The photos are, at first glance, stunning snapshots of a city’s vibrant culture in motion. But considering the dangers Egyptian women face for roaming these same streets on a daily basis, their impact is far deeper. Sexual harassment continues to present not just a possibility but a terrifying reality in present-day Egypt. A 2013 United Nations report calculated that 99.3 percent of women in the country have experienced sexual harassment on the streets, a problem that’s sparked initiatives giving women a way to fight back. The violence is rooted in an extreme conservative perspective encouraging women to stay in the home. (Photo by Mohamed Taher/Ballerinas of Cairo)

In his series “Ballerinas of Cairo”, photographer Mohamed Taher documents Egyptian dancers making the city streets their stage – pirouetting, leaping and posing their way through their country’s sprawling capital. The photos are, at first glance, stunning snapshots of a city’s vibrant culture in motion. (Photo by Mohamed Taher/Ballerinas of Cairo)
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17 Jan 2017 12:30:00
In this photo taken Friday, December 9, 2016, young ballerinas practice under the instruction of Kenyan ballet dancer Joel Kioko, 16, in a room at a school in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya. (Photo by Ben Curtis/AP Photo)

In this photo taken Friday, December 9, 2016, young ballerinas practice under the instruction of Kenyan ballet dancer Joel Kioko, 16, in a room at a school in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya. (Photo by Ben Curtis/AP Photo)
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27 Dec 2016 07:41:00
A contestant prepares backstage before performing at the “Grand Prix of Siberia” international ballet competition, held as part of the 4th International Forum “Ballet. XXI Century”, at the State Opera and Ballet Theatre in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Russia, November 11, 2016. (Photo by Ilya Naymushin/Reuters)

A contestant prepares backstage before performing at the “Grand Prix of Siberia” international ballet competition, held as part of the 4th International Forum “Ballet. XXI Century”, at the State Opera and Ballet Theatre in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Russia, November 11, 2016. (Photo by Ilya Naymushin/Reuters)
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13 Nov 2016 09:45:00
Students at the Cuba's National Ballet School (ENB) watch a class from outside the classroom in Havana, Cuba, October 12, 2016. (Photo by Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters)

Students at the Cuba's National Ballet School (ENB) watch a class from outside the classroom in Havana, Cuba, October 12, 2016. Catherine Conley, the first American full-time student at Cuba's prestigious National Ballet School, hopes to gain an edge back home by learning the powerful Cuban style with its dazzling turns and jumps. (Photo by Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters)
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19 Oct 2016 11:46:00
Students dance in the hallway during a break at Moscow State Academy of Choreography in Moscow, Russia 03 March 2016. (Photo by Yuri Kochetkov/EPA)

Students dance in the hallway during a break at Moscow State Academy of Choreography in Moscow, Russia 03 March 2016. Moscow State Academy of Choreography is the oldest institution in Moscow which teaches Ballet arts not only Russian citizens, but also representatives from more than 20 countries. (Photo by Yuri Kochetkov/EPA)
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05 Mar 2016 12:16:00
Dancers from the School of American Ballet Chloe Ellis (R) and Amarra Hong (L) prepare for a performance at the Queens Theatre in the Queens borough of New York February 28, 2016. (Photo by Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

Dancers from the School of American Ballet Chloe Ellis (R) and Amarra Hong (L) prepare for a performance at the Queens Theatre in the Queens borough of New York February 28, 2016. (Photo by Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)
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29 Feb 2016 11:36:00
A ballet dancer stretches backstage during Nacho Duato's “The Nutcracker” at the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia November 21, 2015. (Photo by Grigory Dukor/Reuters)

A ballet dancer stretches backstage during Nacho Duato's “The Nutcracker” at the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia November 21, 2015. For theatregoers in St Petersburg, Nacho Duato's “The Nutcracker” demonstrates the global appeal of a Christmas classic. When the curtain rises at the Mikhailovsky Theatre, among the oldest opera and ballet houses in Russia, it's the culmination of hundreds of hours of toil and sweat by dancers, costume makers, set designers and musicians playing the famous score by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. (Photo by Grigory Dukor/Reuters)
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12 Dec 2015 08:05:00
Palestinian girls take part in a ballet dancing course, run by the Al-Qattan Center for Children, in Gaza City November 25, 2015. (Photo by Suhaib Salem/Reuters)

Palestinian girls take part in a ballet dancing course, run by the Al-Qattan Center for Children, in Gaza City November 25, 2015. (Photo by Suhaib Salem/Reuters)
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02 Dec 2015 08:00:00