I have been so pleased about this since I first read about it on the NPR News site (link to follow in a bit). This topic may be a bit of a departure for this blog, but I thought it so worthy of note:
Dancers Misty Copeland and Brooklyn Mack became the first , yes, first African-American pair to lead a major U. S. production of the ballet Swan Lake. They danced the roles on Thurs. night with the Washington Ballet. They will do the honors again on Sun. night. I DO wish I could see them...
It seems so strange that this hasn't happened before now, but - hey, we'll take the victory however it comes (a grad school buddy once said). That they have been given this opportunity and it seems to be getting GOOD press and support, it's a welcome positive development in us marching toward each person becoming all he or she was meant to be.
So here are some goodie links for all you faithful readers:
First, the ones with videos:
short article with video clip of rehearsal
BBC article with short interviews
A nice earlier video of Ballerina Misty C.
And last, but not least: the NPR article
I think you'll find their stories inspiring for many reasons: their talent, their perseverance, the mentors who took an interest in them and others, and of course their triumphs.
DANCE ON !!!