A group of young ballerinas celebrated the Black History Month by posing together for a bright and cute photo shoot.
The ballerinas, who dance together at iRule Dance Studio in Beaumont, Texas, wore matching lace tights and matching leg warmers for the shoot, eye-catching poses and sharing secrets while Bee photography broke away.
Images of the shoot have since become viral and have yielded thousands of likes and supported responses.
Pose! Dancers from the iRule Dance Studio in Beaumont, Texas posed for a photo shoot
Work! The photos were shared on social media in honor of Black History Month
Too cute! They wore matching lace tights and matching leg warmers for the shoot
Mother Angela Malonson has a seven-year-old daughter named Falon, who has been dancing with iRule Dance Studio since she was three.
“These girls work so hard, and although they don’t complain, we sometimes like to do something fun,” Angela said GMA.
‘It happened to be February and what a better month to do [the photoshoot] in honor of Black History Month. “
She added that her daughter admires Misty Copeland, who that was became the first African-American lead dancer in the American Ballet Theater and a superstar of the ballet world.
“We just don’t see many people who look like her … colored people, brown people who take ballet, “she said.
“Misty Copeland came by and paved the way. There were not many people for little girls of color to look up to. “
“These girls work so hard, and although they don’t complain, we sometimes like to do something nice,” said Mama Angela Malonson.
Powerful: their photos have caught the attention of thousands of social media users
‘When I saw [the pictures]I clearly choked. See [the photos]”I was so proud,” iRule’s founder and owner. CharLee Hanna-Rule, said
These girls are part of the next generation of black ballerinas and their photos have caught the attention of thousands of social media users.
“When I saw [the pictures]I clearly choked. See [the photos]”I was so proud,” iRule’s founder and owner. CharLee Hanna-Rule, said.
Others also had kind words.
“Black girl magic. Black excellence in the making ‘, wrote a commentator.
“They are such darlings! I love how certain they are! Powerful image! “wrote another.
“I AM!” Slay young Queens, “said a third, and a fourth added:” LOVE their individual personalities shown here. ”
Malonson said the girls are not really aware of their internet reputation.
“All they want to do is have fun and they still don’t understand how big the deal is,” she told GMA.
The star: many girls look up to Misty Copeland, the first African-American head dancer in the American Ballet Theater
“Maybe once they get older and can think back to the moment, they’ll see all the positivity … it’s a great feeling.”
Misty Copeland has certainly inspired many young black girls to step into ballet.
At the end of last year, 11-year-old Charlotte Nebres became the first black dancer to play Marie in the production of the New York City Ballet by The Nutcracker by George Balanchine.
Charlotte was only six years old when Misty became the first female African-American director at ABT, but seeing her on stage had a lasting impact.
“I saw her performance and she was just so inspiring and so beautiful,” she told the New York Times. “When I saw someone who looked like me on stage, I thought that was great. She represented me and all people like me. ”
And then there is Brown Girls Do Ballet, an organization with a mission to promote diversity in ballet.
A few years ago Brown Girls Do Ballet launched a popular one Instagram page full of stunning images and impressive dance videos, all of which show beautiful women in color from their stunning dance skills.
In the center: in 2019, Charlotte Nebres, 11, played as Marie the New York City Ballet production of The Balcracker by George Balanchine at Lincoln Center
“We wanted to be that voice that enables young girls even in spite of adversity. We chose to start showing examples, “said co-founder Brittani Marie, a former ballerina BuzzFeed.
TaKiyah Wallace first conceived the idea for Brown Girls Do Ballet in 2013. Her then three-year-old daughter took ballet, but there was not much diversity in her class.
Takiyah was worried about how her daughter would feel when she realized that there were no other girls who looked like her in ballet, so the Texas resident came up with the idea of changing that.
At first, she just wanted to find 12 ‘brown girls’ and photograph them for a project – but when she posted about the plan on Facebook, the response was overwhelming. So she decided to go further.
Together with Brittani, she launched a website and Instagram page, with the aim of emphasizing girls of Spanish, African, Asian, Eastern Indian and Indian descent in ballet.
On the social media page, women of different races can be seen in graceful ballet poses, bending their bodies and showing off their skills.
Little girls in tutus – including TaKiyah’s own daughter, Charlie – also look nice, they look cute in their tights and sandwiches.