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<p>Matthew Rushing, a veteran star of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, rehearses at the company's headquarters, in New York. Photo by Richard Drew/AP. </p>

Matthew Rushing, a veteran star of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, rehearses at the company's headquarters, in New York. Photo by Richard Drew/AP.

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When Matthew Rushing was a young boy growing up in Inglewood, Calif., his mother was concerned he might fall prey to the gang violence that plagued the area. So she signed him up for an afterschool arts program.