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Julie Felix

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Interesting piece in The Guardian about Black British dancer Julie Felix,  who couldn't get a position with a company in England,  but danced with Dance Theatre of Harlem for ten years.


So many of the Black dancers who tell similar stories of rejection are light-skinned,  biracial or both.  ABC  did a stoty on a brownskinned ballet student's delight in finally getting shoes that matched her skin tone.  (Actually they didn't - they were too dark and the hue wasn't quite right -   but baby steps,  at least they weren't pink.).  If pale dancers who can blend in easily are getting rejected,  her chances of a major career are even slimmer.  Colorism is a bigger problem than racism.

(For some reason I can't paste the entire link,  but the story is one of the top ten in "Culture".

Edited by On Pointe
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