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Tavis Smiley: Dance Legend Carmen de Lavallade on Opportunity for Black Ballerinas Then vs. Now

Tavis Smiley | Posted 07.17.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

A fixture in the dance and theater world for over six decades, de Lavallade helped pave the way for current stars like Misty Copeland and Michaela DePrince. In the clip below, I ask whether she carries any sentiments of resentment about the lack of opportunity for black dancers when she came up as opposed to today.

HuffPost Teen's '18 Under 18' Of 2012! (PHOTOS)

Posted 01.09.2013 | Teen

It's been an amazing year for young people, and here at HuffPost Teen, we've been inspired by watching many of them dominate in fields ranging from entertainment to science to technology to sports -- and beyond.

First Position Deserved an Oscar Nom: Arts Advocacy and Ballet as a Social Issue

Rainesford Alexandra | Posted 02.17.2013 | Arts
Rainesford Alexandra

The situation echoes an audition: A dancer with all the qualifications to be chosen -- a number earnestly pinned to the front of their sweat-soaked leotard -- didn't make it, and one word keeps repeating: unfair.

From A War-Torn Childhood To Dance Stardom

AP | CARLEY PETESCH | Posted 09.10.2012 | Teen

JOHANNESBURG — Michaela DePrince was little more than a toddler when she saw her first ballerina – an image in a magazine page blown again...

The Most Impressive Graduates In The Class Of 2012

Business Insider | Posted 07.05.2012 | Teen

The kids on this list will blow your mind. They're only 17 or 18 years old, but most of them have already accomplished more than many of us do in our ...

Defying The Odds: 1 Ballerina's Incredible Journey From African Orphanage To Center Stage

Posted 05.08.2012 | Good News

Defying staggering odds, an orphan from war-torn Sierra Leone is taking the ballet world by storm, ABC News reports. After her parents were shot an...