So I’ve made an observation over the years. It’s a familiar picture: I’m at Joe Schmo studio, class is over, I walk through the lobby to leave, and notice a hoard of preschoolers bouncing off the walls, getting ready for class...and they are all Caucasian. Not a single Latina, African American, or Asian.
What’s up with that?
There is absolutely nothing wrong with one ethnicity in itself. However, the last time I checked, the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex was a highly diverse and industrialized community. Education, engineering, and technology industries abound, staffing people from every continent. These people have children. Children have hobbies. A lot of children like to dance. So where is the rest of the world when I leave ballet class?
I know this trend is a drop in the cultural bucket, and the question I pose is meant to be broad. Let’s just say, it will be a beautiful day to step into a lobby and see more future Paloma Herreras and Michaela DePrinces in the ballerina gene pool.
|Michaela DePrince, photo courtesy TeenVogue|
|Yuan Yuan Tan, photo courtesy Dance.net|
|Paloma Herrera, photo courtesy BallerinaGallery.com|