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May 2nd, 2014
thesmithian

gradientlair:

Three fabulous Black ballerinas, Ashley Murphy, Ebony Williams and Misty Copeland are on the cover of Pointe for June/July 2014. Stunning cover. They’re so beautiful. I’ve never bought a ballet magazine but I want a copy of this to read their story and to keep. 

Oh and their brown pointe shoes. IMPORTANT. 

[look of the hour]

February 8th, 2014
thesmithian
pas-de-chat-saute-de-chat:

ryanishka:

abberina:

mypointe-exactly:

generativewhimsy:

Precious Adams performing Aurora act 3 variation
2014 Prix de Lausanne
(she won a scholarship + the contemporary dance prize!)

i just stared at this for ~5 min bc graceful 

she is GORGEOUS 

you kno those gifs where all you can look at is their feet
this is one of those

im so happy for her. she faced a lot of issues at Bolshoi for being black, she was even told to bleach her skin. look at her now! biggest fuck you to all the racists that treated her badly regardless of her talent. WERK GIRL.

[look of the hour]

pas-de-chat-saute-de-chat:

ryanishka:

abberina:

mypointe-exactly:

generativewhimsy:

Precious Adams performing Aurora act 3 variation

2014 Prix de Lausanne

(she won a scholarship + the contemporary dance prize!)

i just stared at this for ~5 min bc graceful 

she is GORGEOUS 

you kno those gifs where all you can look at is their feet

this is one of those

im so happy for her. she faced a lot of issues at Bolshoi for being black, she was even told to bleach her skin. look at her now! biggest fuck you to all the racists that treated her badly regardless of her talent. WERK GIRL.

[look of the hour]

(Source: theswanqueer)

Reblogged from BLACK FASHION
December 13th, 2013
thesmithian

mrweathersby:

Here’s the 13th and final piece of my @mistyonpointe series. I’m going to call it ‘Power Up’ [maybe] it’s been awesome doing these, and I’ve appreciated all the love I’ve gotten from you all as well. There will be a showcase soon. Thank you all. -Flaco

[look of the hour]

Reblogged from Genius.
September 22nd, 2013
thesmithian

leeandlovelace:

The Incredible MISTY COPELAND

[look of the hour]

Reblogged from
July 21st, 2013
thesmithian

“Our directors have found it more of a challenge to find really talented girls in the past few years. The wave of talented boys has continued as the myth that ballet is for girls is even more widely dispelled.”

more.

June 8th, 2013
thesmithian

soulbrotherv2:

Summer Symposium—Blacks in Ballet:  Practice and Theory

I received this really late, but if you are in DC on today and searching for something to do…

[how they’re doing it] in Washington DC

May 15th, 2013
thesmithian

Luna Negra was found in 1999 by Cuban-born dancer and choreographer Eduardo Vilaro. The troupe’s mission was to celebrate the richness and diversity of Latino culture through the creation of works by contemporary Latino choreographers. At the time of its closing, Luna Negra included 10 dancers and five apprentice dancers.

sad. and meanwhile, in the world of British dance…

Luna Negra was found in 1999 by Cuban-born dancer and choreographer Eduardo Vilaro. The troupe’s mission was to celebrate the richness and diversity of Latino culture through the creation of works by contemporary Latino choreographers. At the time of its closing, Luna Negra included 10 dancers and five apprentice dancers.

sad. and meanwhile, in the world of British dance

April 7th, 2013
thesmithian

What is Dance Theater of Harlem? “It’s not just a job,” she said. “It’s not just a dance company. It’s a message. And the dancers are responding so well to the fact that they are bearers of this message in their physical selves and in their spiritual embodiment of this idea that you can make something of yourself.”

more.

What is Dance Theater of Harlem? “It’s not just a job,” she said. “It’s not just a dance company. It’s a message. And the dancers are responding so well to the fact that they are bearers of this message in their physical selves and in their spiritual embodiment of this idea that you can make something of yourself.”

more.

April 4th, 2013
thesmithian

The seven young members of the internationally acclaimed National Ballet of Cuba who defected last month after a tour in Mexico came to the United States in search of wider artistic horizons, one of them has declared…The decision to defect “was hard but we made it firmly, without thinking about the past, only the future,” said Ruiz Diaz.

more.

January 4th, 2013
thesmithian


"I am trying to show the world that we are all human beings and that color is not important. What is important is the quality of our work."


—Alvin Ailey. In Rogers, Texas, he was born on this day in 1931. Ailey died in 1989.

"I am trying to show the world that we are all human beings and that color is not important. What is important is the quality of our work."

Alvin Ailey. In Rogers, Texas, he was born on this day in 1931. Ailey died in 1989.
September 5th, 2012
thesmithian

"I would consider myself a darker brown…but when you are lighter brown you are still dark. It’s unfortunate that this is still an issue [in ballet]…"

Cira Robinson, pictured above.

"I would consider myself a darker brown…but when you are lighter brown you are still dark. It’s unfortunate that this is still an issue [in ballet]…"

Cira Robinson, pictured above.

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