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  Misty Copeland has just been promoted to a principal ballerina in the American Ballet Theater, the first African-American woman (in all of ABT’s 75 years) to have been given this position. To celebrate Misty, her amazing talent, and all her hard work, we’ve compiled for you some vids of her performances (spoiler: they’re gorgeous). We hope that Misty’s promotion is the beginning of a larger shift in the demographic makeup of classical ballet in the United States. Read More
  Paul Taylor is a self-titled “Dance Maker” who is inspired by the natural world, environment, and human interactions. He was also once dubbed “the naughty boy of modern dance” by Martha Graham; throughout the years this moniker has taken on a myriad of meanings within the 130+ works he has created since the mid '50s. From occasional bad reviews to the risks he takes with his choreography and content style, Taylor has by most standards earned his “naughty” distinction. Read More
Ballerina Misty Copeland has lived a remarkable life. In her memoir, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina, she describes how she began ballet at age 13, attended summer programs at the San Francisco Ballet, and battled racism and body-image insecurities to join the American Ballet Theater Studio Company and become the company's first African American soloist in the past 30 years. Not too shabby at all. If you don't know Copeland yet, though, you will soon. Read More
Searching the words “ballet” and “feminism” in tandem is unlikely to yield many inspiring results. After all, ballet has a unique rep in people’s perceptions of the dance world—as a rigorous discipline that celebrates only traditional femininity and promotes unhealthy body-image standards. Read More