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Dirty Dancing

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The only way to make sure that such behavior doesn't happen again — not only on the dance floor, but in any community — is to to talk about it openly, Angela says. "Once I came forward and started talking about it, I realized I'd shut down to everybody," she explains. "But since I came forward and spilled my guts, I feel really closer to other people, people who are victims and the men who are supporting us. I feel really open to being connected to people and being loved." She feels the way the tango is supposed to make you feel. Close — and safe.

On dance floors around Denver, women are still doing the tango with their eyes closed — but now everyone's watching.

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