Diversity in the Houston Dance World

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Houston is the fourth largest nation in the United States and is growing swiftly in diversity. With this growth, comes the transformation of Houston’s culture. There are new restaurants, art exhibits, and unique dance performances. Houston is constantly changing, but is the dance world changing along with it?

According to Pointe Magazine, “ballet blanc” is a term used to describe the ballet world. Countless performances of dancers in white tutus, tights, and performing as white swans can imply that ballet was created for one type of person. At the beginning of ballet’s creation, it was to be an elite dance form. It was an activity performed by the European nobility at celebrations such as weddings. King Henry II of France’s wife, Catherine de Medici, exposed ballet to the French courts. King Louis XIV made the art form popular during his rule and it continued to expand.

Ballet is now performed by people from all around the world. Dancers come from many different backgrounds to pursue this art form, but at a price. Sacrifice is inevitable when becoming a professional dancer – especially a ballet dancer. Many seek training through scholarship programs associated with performance companies, dance education programs, or through other sponsorships. Whichever route a ballet dancer takes; it will be an expensive one. This fact alone may contribute to the conceived notion that ballet lacks diversity.

The dancer demographic in the Houston area. - Infographic

Created by: Zondra Victor

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