Brown Girls DO Ballet

Brown Girls Do Ballet®, began in 2012 as a personal photography project in an effort to highlight girls of Hispanic, African, Asian, East Indian, and Native American ancestry in Ballet programs. I was taken by surprise upon discovering the lack of cultural diversity in local ballet schools while searching for a program for my own then 3-year-old. Like any mom, I grew concerned about how my daughter would feel in a class where no one resembled her.

Through my engagement with dancers, their families, and the ballet community, I developed a passion for re-defining a classically Euro-centric art form to reflect what America is today: beautifully diverse. Striving to touch the lives of little ballerinas, she set out to simply provide a social media outlet highlighting the diversity. Little did I know, a movement would be born and this photo project would become so much more.

TaKiyah Wallace

Dallas, Texas, USA

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