Philippines From Slum to Swan Lake

December 26, 2012 - 2:32 AM
In this photo taken Nov. 25, 2012, Filipino slum dweller Jessa Balote, center, practices with other students during a class at Ballet Manila in the Philippine capital. Balote, who used to tag along with her family as they collect garbage at a nearby dumpsite, is a scholar at Ballet Manila's dance program. As an apprentice, she makes around 7,000 pesos ($170) a month, sometimes double that, from stipend and performance fees. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)