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This edition: Brown Ballerinas With Virginia Johnson

Episode Details

Original tape date: March 29, 2017.

First aired: April 12, 2017.

In 2004, the famed Dance Theatre of Harlem was forced to disband after garnering significant financial debt. Today the professional ballet company made up of multicultural dancers thrives under the tutelage of Virginia Johnson, a founding member of the company who returned in 2009 as artistic director.

Johnson joins Carol Jenkins to discuss how black dancers have forged their way through the narrow confines of the majority white ballet world. She also talks about the influence of DTH founder, Arthur Mitchell, the emergence of Misty Copeland, and how black women and girls have become more visible in ballet through social media and reinventions of the art form.

Guest List

Virginia Johnson Artistic Director, Dance Theatre of Harlem