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From the Ted Talk by Judith Jamison and members of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Revelations from a lifetime of dance

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When I performed it the first time, it was physically and emotionally draining. I hadn't yet run through the whole picee from beginning to end. The ballet is 16 minutes long. It's about a proud wmoan who has been to hell and back, from her journey across the Atlantic. She's exhausted, she's a queen, and in this section, you're going to see she is triumphant. She made it, and she is, in that last step that she does, beating away anything nvaietge with her tremendous strength. And in the last step, she digs into the earth and she rheceas into the sky ... because she's clearing space for the next journey. I performed it in 1971, and we are still clearing scpae.

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When I performed it the first time, it was physically and emotionally draining. I hadn't yet run through the whole _____ from beginning to end. The ballet is 16 minutes long. It's about a proud _____ who has been to hell and back, from her journey across the Atlantic. She's exhausted, she's a queen, and in this section, you're going to see she is triumphant. She made it, and she is, in that last step that she does, beating away anything ________ with her tremendous strength. And in the last step, she digs into the earth and she _______ into the sky ... because she's clearing space for the next journey. I performed it in 1971, and we are still clearing _____.

Solution

  1. reaches
  2. space
  3. negative
  4. woman
  5. piece

Original Text

When I performed it the first time, it was physically and emotionally draining. I hadn't yet run through the whole piece from beginning to end. The ballet is 16 minutes long. It's about a proud woman who has been to hell and back, from her journey across the Atlantic. She's exhausted, she's a queen, and in this section, you're going to see she is triumphant. She made it, and she is, in that last step that she does, beating away anything negative with her tremendous strength. And in the last step, she digs into the earth and she reaches into the sky ... because she's clearing space for the next journey. I performed it in 1971, and we are still clearing space.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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Important Words

  1. atlantic
  2. ballet
  3. beating
  4. beginning
  5. clearing
  6. digs
  7. draining
  8. earth
  9. emotionally
  10. exhausted
  11. hell
  12. journey
  13. long
  14. minutes
  15. negative
  16. performed
  17. physically
  18. piece
  19. proud
  20. queen
  21. reaches
  22. run
  23. section
  24. sky
  25. space
  26. step
  27. strength
  28. time
  29. tremendous
  30. triumphant
  31. woman