Why is this important? i see a girl doing ballet, stop outlining difference, its important we just admire the skills, and afore mentioned ellegance
First of all shut the fuck up and have several seats
and heres why in Michaela’s own words what she had to go through beig BLACK and still goes through
When she was around 8 and rehearsing for The Nutcracker, just a few days before the performance she was told, “I’m sorry, you can’t do it. America’s not ready for a black girl ballerina.”
For Michaela, “to say this to an 8-year-old is just devastating. It was terrible.”
When she was 9, a teacher told her mother: “I don’t like to put money into black dancers because they grow up and end up having big boobs and big hips.”
The dancer looked down at her petite figure and protested, “I don’t have boobs. I don’t get it.”
Instead of getting her down, “It makes me more determined,” she said. “Because I’ve been through so much, I know now that I can make it and I can help other kids who have been in really bad situations realize that they can make it too.”
This is why it is important, for little Black girls to see a black ballerina made it despite being discriminated against because of her skin color!!!
If I could just put my incredible insignificant two cents in here…
I grew up a ballet dancer. One year at Nutcracker auditions (I was… 13 I think) the “judges” were putting one of my friends through the Clara audition sequence and one of the girls turned to my little group of friends and I, leaned over and said, with a very disgruntled look on her face: “she can’t be Clara… she’s black.”
My friend was a tan Korean.
Not even black.
It took every ounce of me to not smack the bun off her head. The “judges” were watching. I wanted a part. In retrospect, I should have done it anyway.
I only said: “she’s amazing, though, and deserves the part.”
Michaela is amazing. She lived in an orphanage in Sierra Leone during the civil war after her father was shot by rebels and her mother starved to death. She has vitiligo and was called a “devil’s child” because of it. She fled to a refugee camp after her orphanage was bombed and she was later adopted when she was 4 along with her sister Mia even though her adoptive parents were only planning on adopting Mia. Because of her vitiligo no one wanted to adopt her, but they did. Her mother has to dye the nylon parts of all her costumes by hand because they don’t make them in her skin colour. She’s faced a ton of adversity in her life, and continues to in part because of racism towards her as a black ballerina. Everybody should watch the documentary First Position on Netflix. She’s one of the stars in it and it’s awesome.
So amazing ; ~~ ;
oh my god Michaela, she’s amazing… watched her in a ballet documentary once, absolutely stunning, such a hard worker (even with tendonitis right before the grand prix competition..), what a role model for young girls to have <3