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Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts

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Every year, Juilliard, the renowned fine arts school in New York, admits only a dozen male dancers. This fall, five of them will come from a single school -- Booker T. Washington in Dallas. That's unprecedented.

Christina Ulsh / KERA News

The last few weeks have rocked the North Texas dance community. Choreographer Bruce Wood died suddenly. Ann Williams retired from that Dallas Black Dance Theatre that she founded. And the woman who trained many of North Texas’ top dancers, Lily Cabatu Weiss, is stepping away from the barre at Booker T. Washington high school. She stopped by for this week's this week’s Friday Conversation.

Booker T. Washington High School may be Dallas best-known arts high school. But it’s not the only place where DISD students can receive an advanced education in the arts. In fact, one school in the city is building its reputation as an arts leader through another route.