the white supremacy baked into the entire aesthetic of classical ballet - an art form which fanatically reveres symmetry, homogenity and the purity of whiteness - does not get interrogated in mainstream arts journalism anywhere near as much as it should.
If you define perfect beauty as 12 pairs of identical white legs moving in precise unison to resemble swans, it’s not hard to understand how Black and brown women end up relegated to random soloist interludes (many of which are just. so racist. and have aged. so badly)
If I never have to watch the questionable ethnic caricatures in Act II of the Balanchine Nutcracker it will be too soon

I worked for a ballet company for 5 years, I had to watch so many women of color put those cringey costumes on
anyway ballet dancers are amazing and they can do things that seem impossible for the human body and they’re some of my favorite people in the world but the system is fucked in ways that leaders refuse to interrogate because they worship The Greats™️ at a level beyond questioning

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