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:
- BunHeads by Misty Copeland
- African American Ballet Dancers Who Made Ballet History | A Ballerina’s Tale | Independent Lens | PBS
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).
- A Ballerina’s Tale – Documentary on Misty Copeland (available on Prime Video)
- 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.
Performances to Watch:
- NY City Center’s Honoring Black History Month Series: Kyle Abraham’s piece, to be seen, featuring ABT principal Calvin Royal III.
- Conversation with Monica Stephenson: Columbia Community Arts Collective | Facebook
- Open Space: an Artist Connectivity Series – The International Association of Blacks in Dance
- IADMS Nine Part Webinar Series on Mental Health and Covid Series
Black Dancewear Companies:
- The Constellation Project: Mapping the Dark Stars of Ballet. Presented by MoBBallet