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AP PHOTOS: Miami dance troupe has disabled members

Thursday - 3/6/2014, 10:12am  ET

In this Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 photo, artistic director Karen Peterson, left, holds hands with dancer Adam Eckstat, who is in a wheelchair, right, during a rehearsal for Karen Peterson and Dancers, in Miami. The Miami-based company uses dancers who are disabled to enhance their performances. Artistic director Karen Peterson, who started the company in 1990 out of a desire to to expand herself as a choreographer, refers to the dance style as "inclusive dance." (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
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MIAMI (AP) -- Professional dance is normally an activity for the able-bodied in tip-top shape, but a Miami-based dance troupe incorporates disabled dancers into its repertoires as a way to enhance performances.

The group, Karen Peterson and Dancers, was founded by Karen Peterson in 1990 out of a desire to push herself as a choreographer. She calls the style "inclusive dance." And for the disabled dancers, including people in wheelchairs, the performances give them confidence and help them to build physical strength.

A look at some of the group's recent performances and rehearsals through photos:

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