By day, Valerie Shelton-Tabor serves as an assistant public defender in the Dallas County Public Defender’s Office. She represents indigent defendants who face felony charges, including murder. By night, she employs a different kind of fancy footwork as the director and co-founder of the Contemporary Ballet of Dallas.

In addition to currently juggling 61 cases (and her expectation, given Dallas County’s budget crunch, that she will assume responsibility for another 35 cases each month), she leads the ballet company’s rehearsals and prepared for the company’s Oct. 29 season premiere at the Lakewood Theatre in Dallas, which included a piece she choreographed set to a musical collage by the Dave Matthews Band

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