When the Ballet Russes de Monte Carlo was touring the USA, their black dancer Raven Wilkinson was threatened. At one point, men in KKK uniforms entered a theater shouting "Where's the N1gg3r?'" In 2015 when Misty Copeland debuted at Lincoln Center, Raven Wilkinson was in attendance.
Racism played a very important role in keeping black dancers out of ballet, but this is changing. One pretense against black dancers was they did not possess the body type for ballet- one look at Misty Copeland destroys this stupid racist misconception.
I might add that the story behind the Nutcracker ballet was an adaptation of Hoffman written by Alexandre Dumas, an incredible writer. He was black.
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