A story on American Ballet Theatre's new racial diversity initiative, "Project Plie," by Pia Catton in The Wall Street Journal.
"We have an access problem in a big way," said Rachel Moore, ABT's executive director. "The demographics of this country are radically changing. We're not going to be relevant in 50 years if we don't look like America."
For centuries, ballet drew mainly from Western European and Russian populations. In the modern era, male ballet dancers of many ethnicities have reached the highest ranks, but the same hasn't been as often the case for ballerinas, even though their numbers are vastly greater.