Saturday, April 11, 2015

Hail the Dancers!

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.


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