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New Film Examines History of Charleston Dance Company

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, the Charleston Ballet is one of the oldest ballet companies in America. In a new documentary directed by Deborah Novak, members of the company, both seasoned and new, share the story of the ballet and its founder, Andre Van Damme.

Gillian Brooks sat down with Kim Pauley, artistic director and CEO of the Charleston Ballet, to discuss the company’s history and remember its founder.

Also on today's show, residents in Minden say they’ve observed a high rate of cancer among their loved ones and neighbors, although the official cancer registry maintained by the state of West Virginia doesn’t back up their claims. As Kara Lofton reports, community members in Minden have been compiling their own, unofficial database that may paint a different picture.

We also hear the Mountain Stage Song of the Week -- country music's reigning honky-tonk queen, Margo Price, performing "Hurtin' (on the Bottle)" from this week's encore broadcast of Mountain Stage.