i was talking to my dance teacher about misty copeland
and how she was the only woman and poc on the american masters american ballet theatre at 75 panel.
she’s become so much more articulate as a speaker. esp on her dedication to diversity in ballet, which is necessary. we were talking about her story and her book (which she clearly didn’t write). and how her voice is really developing.
i started on how i really respect the foundation and contributions of ballet. it should be respected and thoroughly accessible, as an art worthy of mastery. however in order for art to evolve, we cannot put it above critique.
it is culturally offensive. in who’s stories we tell and how we tell them. in what is staged and how its sold. in who is allowed space, affirmation and access. it is racist.
and we need to have diversity toward a just and realistic goal. one reflective of our world. and who is in it.
i would love to have ballet to pass down to my children. but it is diseased with racism. and that needs changing.
my dance teacher said I should be on the panel.
i told her i would bring my own lapel mic.