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Skin Color Pointes: Interviews with Women of Color in Ballet is the first book of its kind, the lived experiences of thirteen women of color are shared in this book. Stories of great achievements, obstacles, friendships, and the impact of great dance teachers are included throughout. The complexities of racism and how it is experienced in different regions of the world, during different eras, and by different individuals are shared from a range of vantage points. It is an excellent text for students studying ballet as well as ballet teachers looking for resources to expand students worldview of the genre.  Readers will be delighted by the inspiring stories of these African American, Asian, and Latinx dancers. 

Order your copy of Skin Colored Pointes: Interviews With Women Of Color in Ballet, today. 


About the book:

Issues of race, class, gender and religion permeate the study of contemporary dance, resulting in cultural clashes in classrooms and studios. The first of its kind, this book provides dance educators with tools to refocus teaching methods to celebrate the pluralism of the United States. The contributors discuss how to diversify ballet technique classes and dance history courses in higher education, choreographing dance about socially charged contemporary issues, and incorporating Native American dances into the curriculum, among other topics. The application of relevant pedagogy in the dance classroom enables instructors to teach methods that reflect students’ culture and affirm their experiences.



Apply what you know and are learning about culturally sustaining pedagogy to your own teaching setting.

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