Black Ballet: Per Aspera Ad Astra

Here are extremely exciting news concerning Black ballet dancers.

Black representation in ballet still remains an issue of utter importance and this week several important steps on the rough way to diversity have been made.

Misty Copeland, first African-American female principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre, has introduced her new book “Ballerina Body: Dancing and Eating Your Way to a Leaner, Stronger, and More Graceful You,” which doesn’t only contain recommendations on healthy leaving but also tells about her experience as a Black ballet dancer and explains how recognize that your own body is perfect for you.

We are also glad to share with you an incredibly inspiring short film titled “High Above,” directed by Daniel Schloss and written by Charlie Sohne, which has been made by Dance Theatre of Harlem in collaboration with India.Arie. This movie tells a touching story of a young Black girl who after the death of the grandmother finds herself in ballet.

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