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Why Aesha Ash is Wandering Around Inner City Rochester in a Tutu | Dance Magazine

Growing up in inner city Rochester, NY, Aesha Ash was just one of the neighborhood kids. She’d imagine people driving by, judging her by her black skin. “They’d never know that I was dreaming of becoming a professional ballet dancer. No one would think, Some day she’s going to make it into New York City Ballet,” says Ash. After an inspiring career at NYCB, Béjart’s Ballet Lausanne and LINES, the January 2006 Dance Magazine cover star — one of our 25 to Watch that year — is no longer performing. But she’s determined to use her dance background to change […]

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Breaking Barriers in Ballet: Misty Copeland Set to Receive Trailblazer Award | Black Press USA

Lauren Poteat, Black Press USA Photograph of author, entertainer, and American ballet dancer Misty Copeland photographed for Time on February 24th, 2015 at the American Ballet Theater in New York. Sebastian Kim for TIME. Featured Image NPA NEWSWIRE — Determined to shatter the glass ceiling of the ballet world, on Sep. 11, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), will honor Misty Copeland, with their esteemed Trailblazer Award, during the CBC’s annual “Celebration of the Arts” event—an award that Copeland deemed, as not only an honor, but also a necessity. Misty Copeland had the world of ballet standing still, when she made […]

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