Black Ballerina


Set in the overwhelmingly white world of classical dance, Black Ballerina tells the stories of several black women from different generations who fell in love with ballet. A story of passion, opportunity, and heartbreak that reaches beyond the ethereal world of ballet to engage viewers in larger issues of exclusion, equal opportunity and change.

Six decades ago, while pursuing their dreams of careers in classical dance, Joan Myers Brown, Delores Browne and Raven Wilkinson confronted racism, exclusion and unequal opportunity. In 2016, three young black women also pursue careers as ballerinas. Do they find that the color of ballet has changed? If so, how? If not, why?

The film will be introduced by San Francisco Ballet dancer Kimberly Marie Olivier.

Co-presented by San Francisco Ballet and Alonzo King LINES Ballet


Sunday, October 23 | 4:00 pm

Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco
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Single Ticket: $15 (Students: $13, ID required)

Eventbrite - Screening of Black Ballerina

Black Ballerina
(USA, 2015) 60:00
Director: Frances McElroy
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Additional Credits

Producer Frances McElroy | Editor Meg Sarachan | Cinematographer Eric Sennhenn | Outreach Producer Nadine Patterson


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