American belly dancer brought to the Rockies to mentor local dancers

Belly Dance in Banff features Suhaila Salimpour

Produced by AMARA MCLAUGHLIN

thumb Belly Dance1As an actress, dancer and mother, Christy Greene's introduction to belly dance was unorthodox.

Greene began belly dancing in 1998 while at the University of Calgary studying theatre. Although dance wasn't her main focus, a class assignment required her to add a new skill to her resume and indirectly sparked her interest in belly dance.

Now Greene owns her own belly dance studio, Eighth Wonder, and hosts belly dancing showcases, drawing on her experience as an actress in these performances.

In 2007, almost a decade after she started belly dancing, she was introduced to internationally renowned belly dancer and teacher, Suhaila Salimpour who became her greatest dance influence.

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The vanishing point

In 2006, Jessie Foster disappeared. Eight years later, her family is still haunted

Produced by DANIELLE SEMRAU and HANNAH KOST

The volunteers mingle inside the small trailer in Las Vegas, Nev., as a coffeepot brews quietly in the background. They take their seats as Shannon Forsythe with Run 2 Rescue, an American organization aimed at restoring victims of sex trafficking, details the day's events.

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Calgary family recalls pain of raising children in U.S.

Lesbian mothers say move to Calgary provided safety and security

Produced by ALEXANDRA RABBITTE AND LAREN PRITCHARD

For the Yates-Laberge family the coverage of the Sochi 2014 Olympics was a reminder of the discrimination they once faced when raising children in the U.S.

“I guess we never understood the level of hatred,” says Anne Yates-Laberge. The couple resided in New Hampshire eight years ago.

Anne had adopted their son Andrew from Ukraine, while Claire had adopted Adam from the Republic of Georgia. Each woman worked through the respective adoptions individually because as a couple, they were not legally allowed to adopt children.

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A different kind of brain wiring

How a man with Asperger Syndrome sees the world

Produced by Zoe Choy 

Growing up, Mitchell Roberts always knew he was different.

He had a particular way of interacting with others, and a colourful way of thinking.

"I never really considered myself that normal. You just know when you're kind of different, like cognitively, you really do. It's a prevalent thing, it affects every facet of your life, so you know," the 25-year-old University of Calgary student says.

Roberts was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome (AS) a type of autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) most commonly affecting social functions.

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