Dwana Smallwood with young dancers Desiree, Whiteny, Naja and Liana

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Dwana says learning "Cry" from its legendary creator was a dream come true. "I was so enamored by Judith, the story, the music, everything," she says. "I just felt like I need to do that piece."

And she says performing it with young dancers Desiree, Whitney, Naja and Liana was a pleasure, as well. "I think it's really important that people my age … bridge the gap between us, because it's not that far," Dwana says. "I still feel the excitement they feel about today. And, I mean, I'm still a little girl in heart. I still love it and I'm passionate about it."

"I'm just so honored to be dancing with her," Liana says. "She's a very big inspiration for me."
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FROM: Discovered in a Subway: Now Her Oprah Show Dream Comes True
Published on January 01, 2006

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