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Black Ballerina tells the story of several black women from different generations who fell in love with ballet. Six decades ago while pursuing their dreams, Joan Myers Brown, Delores Browne, and Raven Wilkinson confronted racism, exclusion, and unequal opportunity. Today, young dancers of color continue to face formidable challenges breaking into the overwhelmingly white world of ballet. Moving back and forth in time, this lyrical, character-driven film shows how far we still have to go and stimulates a fresh discussion about race, inclusion, and opportunity across all sectors of American society.
“It’s mainly a white world. The corps has to be lily-white. It hasn’t changed.”
– Joan Myers Brown, Founder, Philadanco