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Latest An Open Letter to the Ballet Community

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Yet as America erupted in pain and outrage, the ballet world failed to react.

Though Arthur Mitchell broke barriers in 1962 at New York City Ballet (NYCB) as the first Black principal ballet dancer, nearly 60 years later Black principals are still an anomaly, not a norm.

The ballet world, in ways both explicit and implicit, demands that Black artists erase their Blackness onstage.

This only highlights other ways in which the ballet world continues to encourage inequality and racism.

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