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  • Where are all the Black Swan's meet?

  • Misty Copeland.

  • She's a black ballerina.

  • Like most ballerinas, she has studied extensively to master her craft.

  • Her dream is to become principal dancer, the highest ranking ballet.

  • However, most ballerinas with this title are white.

  • Misty wonders Why?

  • Well, to answer this, we would have to travel back to the beginning of ballet.

  • Ballet originated in Italy during the Renaissance period.

  • It was then introduced to France when Catherine de Medici of Italy and King Henry, the second of France, got married with ballets original audience consisting of royal aristocrats on Lee White swans would dance.

  • However, today's ballet audiences more diverse, which creates a need for dancers of all ethnicities.

  • After dancing for 16 years, Misty's dream comes true.

  • She is now the first African American principal ballerina in the American Ballet Theater company and wonders what changes should be made to make the Swan Lake more diverse.

  • For starters, change should begin at the training level by making ballet more accessible to students in communities that are under represented on state.

  • Having dance schools, teachers and professional dancers provide the right kind of support will help all swans reach their full potential.

  • Through hard work and perseverance, Misty has become a pioneer in ballet.

  • Her efforts have helped create a lake for all audiences where all swans can equally shine.

Where are all the Black Swan's meet?

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