professional-ballerinas

thetaknight asked:

i have a wild question for you if anne boleyn was 22 and alive (so modern au idk what you would call it) what occupation do you imagine her being

lol trustttt me, not wild at all. there is the whole socialite thing but i completely believe she’d pursue a trade as well. twenty two? she’d be doing something either within fashion design — perhaps an apprenticeship? or still in school working toward becoming a human rights lawyer or, if we’re going with a more morally ambiguous portrait, an attorney for a big corporation. i’m also rather fond of her being a professional ballerina but she’d dance regardless of whether it was her job. there’s a number of other choices but i think she’d gravitate to those? plus patronizing and working with charities etc.

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Michaela DePrince

"After confirming receipt of my headshot and resume, then traveling by plane to one of the auditions, I was turned away at the door – not give a chance to audition.  The company claimed that it had not received my headshot and resume, when I knew that it had."

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Michaela DePrince

"A few things need to happen to allow more dancers of color to rise in classical ballet companies. I’ve used my daffodil and poppy analogy many times. Right now the corps de ballet of these classical companies is filled with daffodils. If you throw one poppy into the field, then she is very noticeable, even more than the principal. If you don’t want that to happen, then throw in more poppies. That evens out the field. So artistic directors must make an effort to hire more qualified female black ballet dancers for their corps.

Some artistic directors claim that there are no well-trained black dancers to hire. That’s just not true. For years the Dance Theatre of Harlem School and the Rock School for Dance Education have focused their time and effort on bringing female dancers into the fold, but the companies just don’t hire them. I was a student on scholarship at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, had leading roles in the ABT Studio Company Showcase, and still I was rejected by companies in the US and Canada. Ironically, I ended up in one of the top classical companies in the world, so I couldn’t have been all that terrible and ill-trained.

The onus is not only on the ballet companies. It’s on the black dancers, as well. They need to work super hard, keep in shape and maintain a pleasant attitude … hold your anger in, even if you feel that you are being insulted. Invest wisely. Save your babysitting money for the Youth America Grand Prix, where you can be noticed by the best ballet schools and companies. Step outside your comfort zone and apply for every summer intensive you can. I remember walking into one summer intensive audition and being the only black girl among hundreds of kids! I wanted to run away, but I didn’t—and I got a full scholarship.  Also, beg if you have to. I know of dancers whose churches have held bake sales to get their members to competitions and summer intensives.”