Black Ballerina

Sixty years ago, while pursuing their dreams of careers in classical dance, three ballerinas confronted racism, exclusion and unequal opportunity in segregated mid-century America. In 2015, three young black women pursued careers as ballerinas facing many of the same obstacles their predecessors. Explore larger issues of exclusion, equal opportunity and change in the ethereal world of ballet.

Distributed nationally by American Public Television

Featured Videos


See all Specials for Black Ballerina

More Arts and Music Shows

Sign into PBS

By creating an account, you acknowledge that PBS may share your information with our member stations and our respective service providers, and that you have read and understand the Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

Confirm Your Local Station

To help you find your favorite shows and great local content, we've selected a PBS station in your area.

Please confirm that WETA is your preferred local station, or choose another station below.