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Alicia Graf Mack knew since she could utter her name that she was born to become a ballerina. But as her dreams came within reach, she faced obstacle after obstacle that made her consider walking away from dance for good.

For Women’s History Month, The Undefeated highlights the life of Graf Mack, who is now the youngest and first black director of dance at the prestigious Juilliard School, and her story of faith, perseverance and resilience.