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Ballet: ‘A symbol of new South Africa’

“Focusing on ballet, that was not possible (before), nothing to think of in the township,” Trimbos said. “They have big dreams. Those things are now open for them.”

“The youngsters, they want to do it,” Trimbos said. “It’s a symbol of new South Africa, really. It’s progress, big progress.”

Beautiful gallery here.

(via spicyfruit)

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thesmithian:


Being a ballerina of color in New York City has never been easy. In 2012, young minority women looking to make a career in this still very white art form face a daunting choice: Do they look to follow Misty Copeland, the lone African American dancer of rank at Manhattan’s two major companies? Or do they hold out hope that [Washington DC] native Virginia Johnson successfully revives Dance Theatre of Harlem, the historically black company slated to debut next year?

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art: photo of Copeland

thesmithian:

Being a ballerina of color in New York City has never been easy. In 2012, young minority women looking to make a career in this still very white art form face a daunting choice: Do they look to follow Misty Copeland, the lone African American dancer of rank at Manhattan’s two major companies? Or do they hold out hope that [Washington DC] native Virginia Johnson successfully revives Dance Theatre of Harlem, the historically black company slated to debut next year?

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art: photo of Copeland

Filed under ballet dance New York City Misty Copeland Virginia Johnson Dance Theater of Harlem