Misty Copeland and Virginia Johnson Talk About Being Black Ballerinas

“Black Ballerinas | Misty Copeland and Virginia Johnson”

Two great ballerinas who broke and still break new ground for black dancers in ballet get together for a chat at Jacob’s Pillow:

“American Ballet Theatre Soloist Misty Copeland and Dance Theatre of Harlem Artistic Director Virginia Johnson discuss their personal journeys in embracing and promoting color on the ballet stage. Moderated by Scholar-in-Residence Maura Keefe.”


Diversity on Stage and in the Audience | Virginia Johnson

The Intelligence of Dancers | Misty Copeland

Clyde F. Smith

DanceLand founder Clyde F. Smith has a BFA and MA in Dance from UNC-Greensboro and a PhD in Cultural Studies from The Ohio State University. In addition to staging his own works, Clyde performed with NC's New Performing Dance Company and San Francisco's The High Risk Group. Clyde returned to performing in 2015 with an improvisational project called Working Sessions.

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