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WATCH: Tell Me More! Misty Copeland And The Ballerinas Of The 152nd Street Black Ballet Legacy

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Left to right:  Gayle McKinney-Griffith, Karlya Shelton-Benjamin, Misty Copeland, Lydia Abarca-Mitchell and Sheila Rohan. Photos of the members of the 152nd Street Black Ballet Legacy by Dephine Diallo.
Left to right: Gayle McKinney-Griffith, Karlya Shelton-Benjamin, Misty Copeland, Lydia Abarca-Mitchell and Sheila Rohan. Photos of the members of the 152nd Street Black Ballet Legacy by Dephine Diallo.

Time & Date

Wednesday, December 1, 2021, 7:30 pm

Both in-person and virtual tickets are available for this event. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Event Location

WBUR CitySpace Event890 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA 02215Open in Google Maps

 

Have you ever wanted to hear two of your favorite authors in conversation together? Or two of the most well known environmentalists discuss their challenges and triumphs? Two scientists on winning the Nobel Prize? Tell Me More! is a new monthly series that will pair fascinating leaders in their respective fields for conversations about their journeys, inspirations and life lessons.

Misty Copeland, the first Black female principal dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre and author of "Black Ballerinas: My Journey to our Legacy,"  joins four trailblazing Black ballerinas, Lydia Abarca-Mitchell, Sheila Rohan, Gayle McKinney-Griffith and Karlya Shelton-Benjamin, whose careers crystallized at the Dance Theatre of Harlem in the 1970s, when female dancers of color were not represented in the premiere ballet troupes.

WBUR arts and culture reporter Cristela Guerra moderates the conversation exploring Misty’s extraordinary journey to becoming a principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, while paying homage to the Black ballerinas who made history in their own right.  This event celebrates the meeting of these two generations of Black women ballerinas for the first time.

You purchase Copeland's book "Black Ballerinas" book from our bookstore partner Brookline Booksmith here.

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