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By David Keene
Allowing states to innovate could reduce dependency on bureaucracy
Topic - Lisa Macuja-Elizalde
From the Manila slum of Aroma emerged an unlikely Cinderella: ballerina Jessa Balote, who at age 10 was plucked out of her grubby life by a ballet school to prepare her for a life onstage.
The ghetto called Aroma reeks of putrefying trash collected by its residents for recycling. Half-naked children with grimy faces play on muddy dirt roads lined by crumbling shanties of tarpaulin walls, cracked tin roofs and communal toilets.
During the competition in Hong Kong, she said she often felt nervous and shy to be dancing among well-off peers.
Pointe shoes alone cost $50 to $80 a pair _ a fortune for someone eking a living on $2 a day _ and wear out within weeks or days, said Macuja.