17 Ballet Icons Who Are Changing The Face Of Dance Today

August 5, 2014 12:51 PM

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17 Ballet Icons Who Are Changing The Face Of Dance Today

Ballet has long suffered from a diversity problem. "Classical ballet celebrates pale princesses and fair swans," Olivia Goldhill and Sarah Marsh wrote in The Guardian in 2012. "It's a world where dancers cake their limbs in white powder, and where performers with darker skin don't always feel welcome."

Take one look at the dance landscape of the world's most popular ballet companies and it's not difficult to see that white men and women dominate the field. Before Misty Copeland, there hadn't been a black soloist at the American Ballet Theater (ABT) for 20 years. Critics have taken notice, urging m...

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