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As a toddler, Yuriko Kikuchi lost her sisters and father to illness in California, was raised by relatives in Japan and then returned to the West Coast to face internment at a World War II relocation camp — all before realizing her dream to be a dancer in New York.

Through life’s highs and lows, the 93-year-old recalled many challenges and the countless times dance became her “salvation” — a safe haven from loneliness and loss. It was also a focal point of her passion.

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