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Posted: Wednesday, March 9, 2011 12:45 pm | Updated: 3:38 pm, Thu Apr 21, 2011.

Produced in conjunction with Eight, Arizona PBS and directed by Emmy Award winner Deborah Novak, “Steven Caras: See Them Dance” looks at the life and artistry of America’s leading dance photographer.

It’s the true story of the New York City Ballet’s youngest male dancer who went on to become its ultimate image-maker under the tutelage of legendary choreographer, George Balanchin. “Steven Caras: See Them Dance” premieres at 8 tonight on Eight.

Accompanying Caras’s honest and eloquent narrative are interviews with figures from the world of dance — Jacques d’Amboise, Patricia McBride, Peter Martins, Mia Michaels, Kay Mazzo, Sean Lavery, Allegra Kent and many others.

Steven Caras’s critically acclaimed photo archive is one of the most important dance image collections of all time. How it came to be is a chronicle of the birth and rebirth of the artistic spirit, and of the physical and emotional hurdles all professional dancers face.

Eight, Arizona PBS specializes in the education of children, in-depth news and public affairs, lifelong learning and the celebration of arts and culture — utilizing the power of noncommercial television, the Internet, educational outreach services, and community-based initiatives. The PBS station began broadcasting from the campus of Arizona State University on Jan. 30, 1961. Now more than 80 percent of Arizonans receive the signal through a network of translators, cable and satellite systems.

With more than 1 million viewers each week, Eight consistently ranks among the most-viewed public television stations per capita in the country. Arizonans provide more than 60 percent of the station’s annual budget. For information, visit www.azpbs.org.

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