Black in Ballet

Christian Mychal lives in Washington D.C. and has been dancing for 10 years. She is a rising senior; homeschooled but taking classes at the University of the District of Colombia.

When asked what dancing means to her, Christian says:

“I love to dance not only because I enjoy it but also because I get excited seeing the people who are moved by my dancing. Being a brown dancer is hard but I enjoy watching dancers like Ashley Murphy, Ingrid Silva, and Misty Copeland with muscular body types break barriers in the dance world.

Being a dancer of color is difficult because my body is shaped differently and is more muscular in comparison to other ethnicities. I am not primarily a ballet dancer, I do other styles like African, Hip-Hop, and Modern, however, I find in dance, that thinner body types are more accepted. One of the many struggles that brown dancers face is matching the color of their tights or ballet shoes to their skin. I have to buy makeup to match the color of my skin and paint the tights and shoes to match my skin tone. After that, there is a 24-hour process of waiting for the items to dry. Although being a brown dancer is hard I believe that I was created to dance and I will not let my skin color stop me.”

Thank you for your submission, Christian! Below please enjoy some pictures and videos of Christian dancing:


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