Caption: Blind student Marina Gimaraes, of the Association of Ballet and Arts for the Blind, warms up backstage before performing “Corsario e Paquitas” during celebrations marking Brazil’s Children’s Day at the Italo Theater in Sao Paulo on October 12, 2014. The Association was founded by Brazilian ballerina and physiotherapist Fernanda Bianchini in 1995, when she decided to teach classical ballet to the blind for free. Since then, her classes have been opened to the deaf and mute, and even to children and youths with other handicaps. Bianchini says that the school’s main goal for their students is for them to improve their posture, balance, spatial sense and self-esteem, in addition to breaking barriers and prejudices about people with handicaps.
Photo credit: Reutersl Nacho Doce; found at The Atlantic: InFocus