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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

Tickets are available online until 5:30 p.m. ET. In-person tickets will be available for purchase at CitySpace starting at 6:30 p.m. until we reach capacity. 

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," will be joined by 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 will moderate 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.

Join the conversation! Submit questions before or during the event here. Signed copies of Copeland's book "Black Ballerinas" will be available for purchase at the event. Virtual ticket holders can purchase the book from our bookstore partner Brookline Booksmith here.

CitySpace Tickets (in-person)
Premiere: $25.00 SOLD OUT
General: $15.00 (general admission)
Student: $5.00 (must present a valid undergraduate or graduate ID to be admitted)

All in-person attendees, including children, will be required to show proof of vaccination or provide a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours, as well as wear masks except when actively eating or drinking.

Virtual Tickets (livestream)
$5.00 (only one ticket needed per household)

Ways To Save 
WBUR Sustainers save $5.00 on premiere, general and virtual tickets to this event online or at the door with your Membership card. WBUR Members save $5.00 on premiere and general tickets online or at the door with your Membership card.

To apply the discount to your ticket purchase online, you’ll need to enter a promo code. The code is sent to you in your monthly events newsletter. You can also get your code by emailing membership@wbur.org.

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