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Ballet Star Misty Copeland: I Want to Educate People About What it Means to Be a Black Dancer

Misty Copeland Wants to Educate People on What it Means to Be a Black Dancer : People.com

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Joan Myers Brown *she made history as one of the first black dancers in a white company*

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This is beautiful. You rarely see African-American ballerinas, especially ones my age. I would love for my future daughter to continue ballet past her childhood. and then you have ballet instructors who make a point to tell young ballerinas of color how ungraceful their brown bodies are…

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beautiful dancers at the barre! @dancingpinecone they look amazing...,,

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ARTHUR MITCHELL challenged the idea that black bodies were not suited to classical ballet. He danced with George Balanchine's New York City Ballet in the 1950's and 1960's, the first Black dancer to become a leading dancer with a Ballet Company.

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"I can only project what I think is happening. When I stop projecting, all that is left is Wow!" —Benjamin Smythe ..*

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Ashley Murphy of Dance Theatre of Harlem.

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Janet Collins was one of the few classically trained Black dancers of her generation. In 1951 she won the Donaldson Award for best dancer on Broadway for her work in Cole Porter's Out of This World. She also performed in Aida, Carmen, and was the first Black ballerina at the Metropolitan Opera. She could not tour in parts of the Deep South due to her race. In later life she taught dance.

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Beautiful black ballerina

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