1st Edition

Antiracism in Ballet Teaching

Edited By Kate Mattingly, Iyun Ashani Harrison Copyright 2024
    256 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    256 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This new collection of essays and interviews assembles research on teaching methods, choreographic processes, and archival material that challenges systemic exclusions and provides practitioners with accessible steps to creating more equitable teaching environments, curricula, classes, and artistic settings.

    Antiracism in Ballet Teaching gives readers a wealth of options for addressing and dismantling racialized biases in ballet teaching, as well as in approaches to leadership and choreography. Chapters are organized into three sections - Identities, Pedagogies, and Futurities - that illuminate evolving approaches to choreographing and teaching ballet, shine light on artists, teachers, and dancers who are lesser known/less visible in a racialized canon, and amplify the importance of holistic practices that integrate ballet history with technique and choreography. Chapter authors include award-winning studio owners, as well as acclaimed choreographers, educators, and scholars. The collection ends with interviews featuring ballet company directors (Robert Garland and Alonzo King), world-renowned scholars (Clare Croft, Thomas F. DeFrantz, Brenda Dixon Gottschild), sought-after choreographers (Jennifer Archibald and Claudia Schreier), and beloved educators (Keesha Beckford, Tai Jimenez, and Endalyn Taylor).

    This is an essential resource for anyone teaching or learning to teach ballet in the Twenty First Century.

    Part 1: Identities

    1. Teaching for Tomorrow

    Gabrielle Salvatto

    2. Perspective––Dionne Figgins

    3. Perspective–––––Lourdes Lopez

    4. Native American dancers beyond settler colonial confines

    Kate Mattingly

    5. Reflections on Quare Dance

    Alyah Baker

    Part 2: Pedagogies

    6. Classical Perspectives: Performance, Pedagogy, and (Changing) Cultures

    Anjali Austin

    7. Dear Ballet Teachers, Let’s Talk About Race

    Ilana Goldman and Paige Cunningham

    8. Making space – inclusive and equitable teaching practices for ballet in higher education

    Alana Isiguen

    9. Dismantling anti-Blackness

    Maurya Kerr

    10. ReCentering the Studio: Ballet Leadership and Learning Through Intersectional and Antiracist Approaches

    Renée K. Nicholson and Lisa DeFrank-Cole

    11. Credibility and Expertise: Black Women Teaching Classical Ballet

    Monica Stephenson

    12. Adjusting pedagogies for developing artists: age-appropriate classes for classical ballet Misa Oga

    13. Ballet as Artistic, Scientific, and Existential Inquiry: Incorporating Ballet’s Broader History in a Syllabus and in the Studio

    Jehbreal Muhammad Jackson

    14. Dive In

    Keesha Beckford)

    Part 3: Futurities

    15. A willingness to shed

    Sidra Bell

    16. Honoring the Legacy of Antiracist Ballet Teaching & Leadership in Black and Brown Dance Organizations

    Iyun Ashani Harrison

    17. Ballet’s Ever-Present Presence

    Thomas F. DeFrantz

    18. Twelve Steps to Ballet’s Cultural Recovery

    Theresa Ruth Howard

    19. Creating New Spaces: Today’s Black Choreographers

    Brandye Lee

    20. Ballet’s Futurities––Insights from Choreographers, Scholars, and Educators


    Kate Mattingly is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication and Theatre Arts at Old Dominion University, USA.

    Iyun Ashani Harrison is an associate professor of the practice of dance and head of ballet at Duke University, USA.