25 years before Misty Copeland became ABT’s first African-American principal ballet dancer, Lauren Anderson was the first “brown girl” to be made principal at Houston Ballet. In a special Houston event, the pair came together to answer questions about their lives as dancers and the challenges of being black ballerinas in a still, traditionally white art form.
A brown swan in the very white world of ballet, Misty Copeland painted her skin a different color in order to play roles in Giselle and Sylvia. 1957? 1977? Nope – 2007. Leigh Purtill looks at Misty’s memoir Life in Motion.
Ideals in the ballet world are changing, and thankfully so is the dancewear. Rhiannon offers her suggestions for ballet leotards and skirts that flatter a curvier body type.
Dance photographer, Jim Markland on how, at 60, he became interested in photography, capturing dance, and his learning experience with Lois Greenfield; his advice on the camera features required to capture dancers in action both onstage and off; and how dancers can prepare for a great studio shoot.