Diversity in Ballet – Notable Programs

There are many great programs that promote ractial diversity in ballet. The need for more opportunities for dancers of color is clear. Thankfully there are some great dancers, companies, schools and dance appreciators who are committed to providing those opportunities to those who have a love for ballet! Click their links to find out more!

ABT and Project Plié

“In 2013, ABT launched the Project Plié initiative to further expand its diversity and inclusion efforts and bring greater awareness to the lack of racial and ethnic diversity in the classical ballet community. Through concerted outreach efforts, ABT has identified promising young dancers, dance teachers, and emerging arts administrators of color to participate in high-quality training programs.”


“MindLeaps creates educational paths for the most vulnerable children in the world through a creative arts program that is built on data-driven metrics.”


DanceChance was created in 1994 to improve equity and access in classical ballet training. DanceChance Partners with Seattle Public Schools to invite students demonstrating unique attributes for classical ballet to study at Pacific Northwest Ballet School free of charge, dependent only upon students’ potential and interest in dance.

DanceChance aims to enrich the lives of each participant through the opportunity to study classical ballet, to cultivate a diverse School and Company, and to train and nurture the next generation of dancers.”

The Swan Dreams Project

“The Swan Dreams Project’s goal is to convey the message that beauty and talent are not constrained by race or socio-economic status. I want our youth to know that they are not limited by stereotypes nor by their environment, but only by their dreams.”

Brown Girls Do Ballet

“The mission of Brown Girls Do Ballet® is to help increase participation of underrepresented populations in ballet programs through organizing and arranging ballet performances, photo exhibitions, and providing resources and scholarships to assist young girls in their ballet development and training.”