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Dance instructor Tai White (center), 28, an adjunct teacher, works with Raven Anderson, 12(right), 12, as White walks around the room making minor adjustments to form during Dance 1 part of an arts magnet program at John Hopkins Middle School, 701 16th St S, St Petersburg. About 25-30 students were present for the class which was the first period of the day on Friday morning (9/26/14).DIRK SHADD | Times

John Hopkins dance teacher finds purpose in helping children

The power was shut off almost every month, but he'd take out his flashlight and play tag, and so by Tai White's estimation there were much worse things about growing up poor in St. Petersburg. If only his parents had touched more, and his mother hadn't thrown that book, maybe his father wouldn't have left. At 10 ye …


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    Visual Arts

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