The American Ballet Theatre recently announced that Misty Copeland would be promoted to the role of principal dancer, the first African-American woman to be named to this esteemed role in the world of ballet.
Avoiding the "F" word wasn't a conscious decision on my part. Rather, I accepted the game that was in place. I sized things up from the standpoint of what I needed to do to succeed. I learned the rules and played as well as I could. That all changed on December 5, 2000.
It's going to take generations, time, creation of jobs, a different economy and a total shift of perception for ballet to take on a point of view where women are no longer the sylphs, but the ladies in charge.