Inner-city Rochester ballerina fights stereotypes

Growing up, kids would ask Aesha Ash if a drug dealer lived on her street. Or if she had grass in her front yard. Ash, from Rochester's inner city, went to school in the suburbs through the Urban-Suburban program. She was always fielding questions about what it was like.

But Ash pursued a life, and a career path, that defied the stereotypes. She went to the American School of Ballet in New York City during what would have been her junior year of high school.

Then Ash danced with the New York City Ballet.

She is now retired and has started The Swan Dreams Project


In several of the photos from The Swan Dreams Project, Ash is at the downtown bus station in Rochester. This is where she transferred buses every day on her from her home in the city to her school in the suburbs. She is reminded of herself in that crowd, even now.

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