This season, dance prodigy Misty Copeland broke not one, but two major cultural barriers: she became American Ballet Theatre’s first African-American female principal dancer less than a week after being the first black ballerina to star in ABT’s Swan Lake at the Metropolitan Opera House.
Why is this breakthrough possible now, and what does this civil rights triumph mean for the future of ballet’s performers and its audience? Join us for a conversation with Copeland and dance legends Raven Wilkinson and Carmen de Lavallade, moderated by author Susan Fales-Hill.
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The dancers will discuss what kept them going in the face of rejection, their process for preparing for roles and refining their craft, and how they are mentoring the next generation of dancers who, perhaps long last, can be judged by the quality of their fouettes rather than the color of their skin.
A Conversation with Misty Copeland, Raven Wilkinson, and Carmen de Lavallade
Friday, July 17, 2015, 7:00 PM
Tickets are $30, available at www.thegreenespace.org
The Greene Space, 44 Charlton Street, New York, NY (corner of Varick Street).