This master class was supported in part by
The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts,
a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
WHO IS BSBC?
Welcome to Black Swan Ballet Company. A nonprofit organization located in the Susquehanna Valley of Pennsylvania with the purpose of encouraging ballet dancers of color in their dance training and experience as well as changing the face and body of the ballet world for the better.
WHAT DOES BSBC DO?
Low cost and free community performances
At Black Swan Ballet Company, we are dedicated to changing the face of ballet. We take quality ballet, which is normally only seen in elitist, venues and place it squarely in the domain of the everyday person. We make ballet accessible to all by performing in low cost and free venues in the Susquehanna Valley area. These performances give the dancers a chance to not only showcase their talent, but also try different performing venues as they become ambassadors for other dancers of color.
Encouraging young ballet dancers of color
By placing young serious dancers of color together, they are able to see that their goal is not one that is not for those who look like themselves. They are able to go out into the community to support other dancers with pride and confidence. Through our intensives and choreography projects, the dancers and audience are exposed to various issues that impact the minority community as well as the world community. By drawing attention to these issues, the dancers become active citizens not only for the dance community but also for the world at large.
Workshops and intensives for dancers of color
BSBC encourages young dancers of color to not only continue their training at quality studios but also offers intensives, private classes, and workshops specifically for them in many areas from pointe work, partnering to hair and skincare. With their new since of pride, they are able to go back into their dance studios and the world at large proud of who they are in a sea of faces and bodies that do not look like themselves. Guest artists, choreographers, and teachers of color are brought in to teach and work with the young dancers, giving them a view into the possibilities of their future.