UPDATED: February 1st, 2022

In honor of Black History Month, we’ve compiled a list of various resources to not only educate ourselves but also to help promote and celebrate Black voices in the ballet community year-round.

Organizations To Know/Follow:

Nardia Boodoo
Photo by Matthew Murphy, featuring our Company Dancer Nardia Boodoo.
Dancers on stage (Dance Theatre of Harlem)
Dance Theatre of Harlem
Three ballerinas sitting on pink bench
Photo by by TaKiyah Wallace
Alonzo King LINES Ballet
Alonzo King LINES Ballet
International Association of Blacks in Dance
International Association of Blacks in Dance
Paunkia Jones, cover image by Melissa Sweazy


To Read:

My Story My Dance Book Image

Illustration from My Story, My Dance: Robert Battle’s Journey to Alvin Ailey
By: Lesa Cline-Ransome , James E. Ransome, Robert Battle
Brown Girls Do Ballet
Photo by by TaKiyah Wallace
Misty Copeland (right) with book cover of Bunheads (left)
Photo (right) by Associated Press 2019
Black and White image of Janet Collins
Dancer Janet Collins
Ashley Murphy with dance bag
Photo by Mena Brunette, XMBPhotography from Pointe Magazine
Aesha Ash Teaching in Studio
Aesha Ash teaching at SAB, photo by Rosalie O’Connor



Documentaries & Shows to Watch:

  • PBS KIDS Talk Race and Racism: A heart-warming, authentic, and age-appropriate conversation with children on race hosted by Amanda Gorman featuring our SE Campus, Level 1B student, Raelynn Bernard (along with father Rahsaan Bernard, President of Building Bridges Across the River/THEARC).
PBS Race and Racism Talk
Photo by PBS
Misty Copeland
Photo from Sundance Selects
Photo from Netflix
  • BLACK BALLERINA: Tells the story of several black women from different generations who fell in love with ballet while confronting racism, exclusion, and unequal opportunity.
Photo from Prime Video



Performances to Watch:

Photo from NYCityCenter
Two tap dancers on stage, blue light background
Jacob’s Pillow performance, 2017






Black Dancewear Companies:

Photo from FleshTone




Photo from MoBBallet


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