Take a look around you. The dance world is changing! Recently, I have taken some time to reflect and redefine what it means to me to be a good dancer. It is one thing to have good technique, but we can take it so much further and use our dancing to do good things. This post features dancers who are doing good.
Brown Girls Do Ballet
Brown Girls Do Ballet is a nonprofit organization that promotes diversity in the arts by providing scholarships, mentors, and community programs for young girls. The organization began as a personal photography project by TaKiyah Wallace to highlight girls of African, Asian, East Indian, Hispanic, and Native American ancestry in Ballet programs.
Memoirs of Blacks in Ballet
Memoirs of Black in Ballet is a digital space created by Theresa Ruth Howard to curate the stories and experiences of Black ballet dancers. Through ever-expanding projects like the Historical Timeline of Blacks in Ballet and the MoBBallet RollCall, this online
Frankie Manning Foundation
The Frankie Manning Foundation is a restricted funds project of the Houston Swing Dance Society. Their mission is to carry on the work of Frankie Manning in spreading Lindy hop throughout the world through projects like the Archive of Early Lindy Hop. They recently launched an emergency support program to provide financial assistance for Full-time Lindy Hop professionals who have had a loss of income because of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Biscuit Ballerina is a comedic account run by Shelby Williams, a soloist with the Royal Ballet of Flanders. Williams is using her platform to host a live Instagram Study Hall on Wednesday, June 10 to discuss the history of Black dancers in ballet.
Do you know of more dancers who are doing good? I’d love to hear about them! Leave me a comment below, or send me an email at DancesWithNikki@gmail.com.
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