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Major ballet companies are banding together for The Equity Project, to increase the presence of black dancers in ballet. Photo by Joseph Rodman, Courtesy DTH.

Twenty-one ballet organizations have come together to support the advancement of racial equity in professional ballet. They're all part of The Equity Project: Increasing the Presence of Blacks in Ballet, a new effort being led by Dance Theatre of Harlem, The International Association of Blacks in Dance and Dance/USA.

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The Joffrey Ballet's Dara Holmes. Photo by Quinn Wharton for Pointe.

The International Association of Blacks in Dance has announced that it is hosting its first annual ballet audition for women of color. On January 24, 2016, women ages 15 and older will have the opportunity to audition for directors from multiple companies, second companies and schools at the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Studios in Denver, CO. (See list of confirmed participating companies below.) Professional development, summer workshops and training positions will also be available.

 

Ballet’s lack of diversity—and what to do about it—has been a frequent topic of late, with stars like American Ballet Theatre principal Misty Copeland leading the conversation. The sheer number of companies participating in IABD’s collective audition is a hopeful sign that directors are listening. For more information on how to apply, click here.

 

Confirmed participating companies:

Ballet Memphis

Charlotte Ballet

Colorado Ballet

Dance Theatre of Harlem

The Hartt School

Houston Ballet

Joffrey Ballet

Kansas City Ballet

Nashville Ballet

Pacific Northwest Ballet School

Pennsylvania Ballet

San Francisco Ballet

The Washington Ballet

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