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classicladiesofcolor:

Katherine Dunham as “Woman with a Cigar” from the ballet Tropics.
Photo by Alfredo Valenti
 © The Estate & Legacy of Katharine Dunham

classicladiesofcolor:

Katherine Dunham as “Woman with a Cigar” from the ballet Tropics.

Photo by Alfredo Valenti

© The Estate & Legacy of Katharine Dunham

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eternallybeautifullyblack:

This is an utterly amazing display of strength, agility, balance, and above all, beauty by these members of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Company.
Image via Afrikan Knowledge: Beyond The Book Club.

eternallybeautifullyblack:

This is an utterly amazing display of strength, agility, balance, and above all, beauty by these members of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Company.

Image via Afrikan Knowledge: Beyond The Book Club.

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womenorgnow:

Woman of the Day: Maria Tallchief, was the first Native American to become prima ballerina. From 1942 to 1947 she danced with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, but she is even better known for her time with the New York City Ballet, from its founding in 1947 through 1965

womenorgnow:

Woman of the Day: Maria Tallchief, was the first Native American to become prima ballerina. From 1942 to 1947 she danced with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, but she is even better known for her time with the New York City Ballet, from its founding in 1947 through 1965

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wreckamic:

Misty Copeland - 1st African American Woman to join American Ballet Theatre

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archangels-and-timelords:

cyprith:

roane72:

purrstephanie:

asherofwinterfell:

Big Fat Deal: The Big Ballet is a troupe of dancers from Russia who weigh a minimum of 220 pounds each.
Because the ballet tag features too many people of only one body type.  Let’s not pretend you need to be a certain weight to be able to perform fouetté en tournant.

Beautiful

This is for my mom, who told me when I was seven years old that I was too fat to be a ballerina.

How badass is this woman. OMG. She is balancing more than 200 lbs on one toe.
o.o

That is skill, ladies and gents.

What was that? Fat people are lazy and weak and OH SORRY I CAN’T HEAR YOU OVER THE AWESOMENESS THAT IS THIS PICTURE.

misstrismelee:

archangels-and-timelords:

cyprith:

roane72:

purrstephanie:

asherofwinterfell:

Big Fat Deal: The Big Ballet is a troupe of dancers from Russia who weigh a minimum of 220 pounds each.

Because the ballet tag features too many people of only one body type.  Let’s not pretend you need to be a certain weight to be able to perform fouetté en tournant.

Beautiful

This is for my mom, who told me when I was seven years old that I was too fat to be a ballerina.

How badass is this woman. OMG. She is balancing more than 200 lbs on one toe.

o.o

That is skill, ladies and gents.

What was that? Fat people are lazy and weak and OH SORRY I CAN’T HEAR YOU OVER THE AWESOMENESS THAT IS THIS PICTURE.

(Source: myladycatelyn, via sexgenderbody)

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let’s stage gay center stage in which the pas de trois slowjam in cooper’s ballet is the angsty love song of a dyke to the straight girl she has a crush on.

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oh wait no, i have to stop crying long enough to wanna punch cooper for deciding to dance in his own fucking ballet in the student workshop, straight-up (very hetero) depriving a student who needs a job from an audition to get one?!!!??!!!!!

but you know right after that is the “i wish that was me” scene. ugh maureen, you’re so crazy and i love you so much.

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once the scene with emily and her mom happens, it’s just sob central from here until the end, guys.

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i cry every single time i watch center stage and i already teared up just looking at ballerina feet in the second ballet class scene and i’m pms-ing so hang on to your hats it’s gonna be wet.

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officially crying. what the fuck how have i never creeped ailey enough to know how rad it is?

officially crying. what the fuck how have i never creeped ailey enough to know how rad it is?

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blackartdepot:

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre performs Minus 16. If you haven’t had the opportunity to see them do this live then you really need to check them out when they perform in a city near you. The entire show was great but I thought this particular sequence was above and beyond. Great work Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre!

this is nothing less than the best company i’ve ever seen dancing some of the best choreography i’ve ever seen (actually, topped only by ailey artistic director choreography) and it’s fucking happening in new york city this fall/winter. screeching/really missing nic/really happy i have a such an amazing reason to go to new york anyways around the time this is happening.

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"It heals me to dance, keeps me sane. I can connect to my madness and to my passion."

Ohad Naharin (via peretzele)

HOW HAD I NEVER READ OHAD NAHARIN’S WIKIPEDIA PAGE BEFORE TONIGHT I AM SHITTING MYSELF

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godsathletes:

Briana Reed in ALVIN AILEY’S CRY. Photo by Paul Kolnik

godsathletes:

Briana Reed in ALVIN AILEY’S CRY. Photo by Paul Kolnik