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Black Female Dancer at New York City Ballet?Who is the African American female dancer at City Ballet?

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#31 kbarber


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Posted 21 December 2013 - 01:24 PM

tapfan, you might want to check out the National Ballet of Canada's headshots:
Tanya Howard, first soloist: http://national.ball.../firstsoloists/
Jenna Savella, second soloist: http://national.ball...secondsoloists/
Adji Cissoko, corps de ballet: http://national.ball...ecompany/corps/

#32 Jelly


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Posted 05 January 2014 - 11:49 AM

I attended the next to last performance of NYCB's Nutcracker yesterday afternoon. I thought it was a nice touch that Olivia Boisson and a new African American man in the company were cast as parents of two African American children in the party scene. I know that SAB has been holding community auditions around the city to attract more minority students but thus far there are many more Asian than African American children in the casts.

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 01:52 PM

You may be interested to know that Balancing Pointe interviewed Olivia Boisson recently for a podcast. It's available free on iTunes podcasts, Episode #16. https://itunes.apple...d764593885?mt=2

#34 TheresaRuthHoward


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Posted 18 May 2015 - 11:50 AM

Thanks to everyone for your responses. I realize that on the list of really important things, the dearth of active, black, female classical dancers is pretty low.


And it's not as if my wee one doesn't love ballet dancers who happen to be white or Asian.  It's just that we can't resist checking the head shots at major company sites hoping to find  young, black, women who were obviously bitten by the ballet bug at my youngster's age.


Our little one knows about  Raven Wilkinson, Lauren Anderson, Tai Jimenez and Victoria Johnson. But their careers can seem like ancient history to  children and adults alike.


We also were aware of Kimberly Braylock at San Francisco Ballet, Christina Spigner at Miami City Ballet,  Misty Copeland and Courtney Lavine at American Ballet Theater, Erica Lynette Edwards and Dara Holmes at Joffrey and Katlyn Addison and Whitney Huell at Ballet West.  But somehow, we missed the fact that Miss Boisson had been hired at NYC Ballet. 


Baby steps! Yea!

This  might be late in coming but there is vast adn growing list of AA ballet dancers on the ROLL CALL in the comment secion of my article...If you want to get an idea of how many AA ballet dancers their are/ have been check it out it's very powerful! http://www.mybodymyi...format=standard

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