Black Ballerina (2016, 57min.)

Tuesday, August 6, 8:30pm

Advance Tickets: $9 general / $7 members / $5 students
Tickets at the Door: $12 general / $10 members / $5 students


Black Ballerina

BLACK BALLERINA, tells the story of several black women from different generations who fell in love with ballet. Six decades ago, while pursuing their dreams, Joan Myers Brown, Delores Browne and Raven Wilkinson confronted racism, exclusion and unequal opportunity. Today, young dancers of color continue to face formidable challenges breaking into the overwhelmingly white world of ballet. Moving back and forth in time, this lyrical, character driven film shows how far we still have to go and stimulates a fresh discussion about race, inclusion and opportunity across all sectors of American society.

Joan Myers Brown is the founder and artistic director of Philadanco Dance Company which will be performing at PS21 as part of the Chatham Dance Festival, August 9 & 10.

“Black Ballerina is an important documentary that asks important questions about this traditional and beloved art form. There’s no doubt that ballet is a place of hard work, artistic skill and fortitude. However, it’s troubling to learn how so many dancers of color are not receiving the same opportunities as other ballerina hopefuls. For the good of the art form, for the obvious talent of these remarkable dancers, for the future of the medium, it’s important that the lessons in Black Ballerina are learned, understood and, hopefully, corrected.” –John Soltes, Hollywood Soapbox

blackballerinadocumentary.org