For Dorothy Gunther Pugh, ballet has never been only about tutus and toe shoes – though it easily could have been. Growing up in an era when ballet represented something rarified and exclusive, the former ballerina could have allowed herself to be drawn into the world of the elite.

But Pugh was raised in Memphis, Tenn., born into a family that has called the city home for generations. Along with her ballet lessons, she witnessed the city’s ongoing poverty and civil unrest. She also reveled in...


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