Brown Girls Do Ballet is an organization dedicated to encouraging the next Misty Copeland by bringing more diversity to the area of classical ballet. They mentor, assist and encourage young girls of color who express an interest in the art form.
BGDB has an Instagram account you can follow to keep up with the organization’s good works that has some frickin amazing photographs.
The co-founders, Brittani Marie and TaKiyah Wallace, have also compiled a book, available for pre-sale now. The book consists of stories by Misty Copeland and other WOC involved in classical ballet. From the website:
With over 90,000 fans, countless ballerina interviews and more, Brown Girls Do Ballet® has identified the missing strand to diversifying this classical performing art: a resource that speaks to their identity. The Ballerina’s Little Black Book compiles a wealth of stories, advice and training information directly from the women who are breaking down barriers. Aspiring ballerinas can read messages from famed dancers like Aesha Ash, Alicia Graf Mack and even a personal message from none other than Misty Copeland.
Filled with wisdom, solutions, and powerful visuals, The Ballerina’s Little Black Book is the ultimate handbook for ballerinas of color.
Some of these pictures are breath taking, classical ballet is certainly one of the most photogenic of the artistic disciples and these ladies all slay and slay hard. They all look so strong, yet so graceful.