Black women are sweeping the ballet world. Despite still facing constant discrimination in the dance world, Black ballerinas are on the come-up.
In a first-ever all Black Ballerina feature, Ashley Murphy from Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ebony Williams of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, and the American Ballet Theater’s own Misty Copeland cover the June/July cover of Pointe Magazine. These graceful ladies are declared “beyond role models” on the magazine’s cover, as they shatter discriminatory norms in ballet and advocate for and recruit more brown ballerinas.
Between this, the @BlackGirlsDoBallet Instagram page, and images and stories of Black ballerinas on Tumblr and Pinterest, our lil brown baby ballerinas have plenty of examples to look up to! Will you be grabbing a copy of the magazine for yourself or the lil dancer in your life?
Peep more pics of these ladies and other black ballerinas in action on the following pages:
Photos: Instagram, Refinery29
Ballerinas from Collage Dance Collective
Mini ballerinas from City Ballet of LA