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Russian Ballet Refuses to Stop Using Blackface | The Cut

Last week, American ballerina Misty Copeland posted a a photo to her Instagram of two ballerinas posing in blackface. “This is the reality of the ballet world,” she captioned the post, kicking off an international debate about racism in ballet. The photo was an image reposted from the Instagram of a dancer in Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet theater company from its production of La Bayadère, a famous classical ballet set in India. First choreographed by Frenchman Marius Petipa in the late 19th century and revised in 1941, the ballet has faced scrutiny in recent years for its xenophobic and Orientalist depictions […]

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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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