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Black Ballerina explores the pre-Misty Copeland world

Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre’s world premiere shows the struggles of Black women in classical dance.

Ballet dancers applauded last October when Freed of London began selling pointe shoes in brown and bronze in addition to the “European pink” shoes they have sold since 1929. (“Brown point shoes arrive, 200 years after white ones,” noted the headline in the New York Times on November 4; “Largest supplier of pointe shoes finally recognizes that not all dancers are white,” snarked Jezebel two days later.)…

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