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AND STILL THEY ROSE: THE LEGACY OF BLACK PHILADELPHIANS IN BALLET
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The history of Black Philadelphians in classical ballet dates back to the early 1930’s. In this in-depth panel discussion, dance icons Joan Myers Brown of Philadanco, Delores Browne of The New York Negro Ballet, and Judith Jamison of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater recount the early years as dancers. From training with trailblazers like Sydney King and Marion Cuyjet, to studying with World renown English choreographer Anthony Tudor, their stories are a master class on ballet, blackness, and how they intersect here in Philadelphia. Accompanying this illuminating talk will be a visual exhibit of portraiture by Eva Mueller. This talk and exhibit has been curated by Theresa Ruth Howard of Memoirs of Blacks in Ballet and supported by the Knight Foundation.