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La’ Toya Princess Jackson, aka ElectrKPrincess, is a writer and producer of ballets, songs, and plays. She is a ballerina in training at Ballethnic Dance Company. As the founder of LaPrincess Entertainment Group, LLC she aspired to create original works that provide a positive representation of African Americans in arts and entertainment. Jackson obtained her…

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Misty Copeland became a cultural icon as the first African American prima ballerina. Seeing a Black ballerina in a national spotlight inspired young Black girls all over the world to sign up for ballet classes and it empowered ballet students giving them a visual of what they wanted to achieve. While much of the media…

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Throughout history, African American dancers, choreographers and instructors (e.g. Kathrine Dunham, Judith Jamison, Alvin Ailey, Cab Calloway, and the Nicholas Brothers) have made major contributions in helping to shape the culture of dance. Today, young, African American dancers can be easily found perfecting their skills in hop-hop or majorette dancing. Yet, there is still an…

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  Ballet is elegant and beautiful. The most difficult movements are executed effortlessly by those who have dedicated years of their lives perfecting this craft. Renowned dance instructor Homer Hans Bryant married this dedication to innovation and created “rap ballet,” which has since morphed into an art form called Hiplet (pronounced hip-lay), and it is…

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Sarah Draugelis is just as passionate about her dancing as she is about saving lives around the world. We spoke with her about being a ballet dancer and how her nonprofit, Team fEMR, helps to save lives. What inspires you to show up at work every day? I’ve been training to be a professional ballet…

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Congrats will soon be in order for top Black ballerina Misty Copeland and her finacé Olu Evans. The longtime couple is set to wed this summer, a source to the New York Post. As previously reported, Copeland confirmed her engagement to Evans in the September issue of Essence last year when Evans, who’s Taye Diggs’ cousin, popped…

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Misty Copeland biopic in production This year has certainly been one of many biopics. With the production of several big name projects already in the works, such as the Aaliyah, Whitney Houston and N.W.A. made-for-TV movies, production companies are clamoring for the next big story. Now, Deadline reports that famed American Ballet Theatre soloist Misty…

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