Start a discussion about racial issues in Ballet at CCCEPA

Start a discussion about racial issues in Ballet at CCCEPA

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Paige Piper started this petition to Cobb County Center for Excellence in Performing Arts Denise Reeves and

As we go through a period of social change in our country and the world as a whole, we must acknowledge that ballet is not immune to social injustices. The ballet world has a history filled with discrimination based on skin color, body type, financial status, and more, which still affects dancers today. In order to change this, there needs to be an open conversation with dancers from all over the country, especially young dancers who are the future of this industry. We propose that this year in ballet class, we have a unit that allows us to discuss the experience of Black ballet dancers and how we can make the world of ballet a more inclusive one. We believe this unit should be student-led because it's not a set standard. Its something students have experienced and researched on their own.


This unit is not Black History in ballet. It's simply ballet history. Just like normal social studies classes, ballet history is white-washed and white-dominated. All dancers should learn about the incredible black pioneers who have been hidden throughout history. We also need to learn about the hardships dancers of color have gone through in the past and the present.

In the lesson, we will open the floor to dancers who have experienced racism or prejudice in the dance community. We aspire to educate others and encourage them to speak up, whether it is micro-aggressions or blatant racism. The student leadership of the unit will empower young black dancers to find their voices and help young non-black dancers listen to their peers when they share their experiences.

Organized by Grace Blomberg and Paige Piper

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