Black Ballerina

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World Premiere: Brights Nights 2019/20 (Citadel + Compagnie)

 As the choreographer and creator of “Black Ballerina,” I wanted to share ideas surrounding my relationship to the classical ballet world. Inspired by living in both New Brunswick and North Carolina, I wanted to investigate perspectives of systemic racism in both regions, and examine my mixed race identity in connection to my quest to become a ballerina. What happens when you google Canadian Black Ballerina, or Indigenous Canadian Ballerina? What happened before Misty Copeland? Who was out there before pop culture decided that being black or multiracial was cool in the classical ballet world? On top of all of this, I find it interesting to ponder where our Canadian dance culture position itself today? Have we progressed, or are we at a stand still?