Ballet Dancers of Indian or Pakistani Heritage
Posted 20 January 2004 - 02:48 PM
I'm married to a man originally from India. Our 3 1/2 year old daughter has just started taking creative movement dance classes. If or when she decides to take ballet what role models are available to her?
The ones that come to my mind are a ballerina with the Royal Ballet in the 1990's whose name escapes me at the moment, and Amar Ramasar with NYCB, whose career my husband and I follow quite closely. Are there more?
Posted 20 January 2004 - 03:02 PM
Posted 20 January 2004 - 03:34 PM
Posted 20 January 2004 - 03:49 PM
Benazir Hussein was the one from the Royal whose name I couldn't remember.
Posted 20 January 2004 - 06:13 PM
Posted 20 January 2004 - 06:37 PM
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Posted 20 January 2004 - 07:27 PM
Posted 20 January 2004 - 07:31 PM
Posted 20 January 2004 - 09:26 PM
As for women of Asian (though not South Asian) descent, Perky, I'd like to mention Stella Abrera, a Phillipine beauty now dancing as a soloist -- and quite impressively, most of the time -- at ABT. Marianna Tcherkassky spent her career there, most of it as a principal dancer. Marianna is the daughter of a Japanese mother and Russian father. Yan Chen, a soloist, recently retired from ABT. Janet Shibata, a gorgeously lyrical dancer, was a soloist at ABT before she joined Washington Ballet as a principal. Zhong-Jing Fang is a new and very promising member of ABT.
I know I am overlooking some, and I apologize. Is it possible that NYCB has never had an Asian woman dancing? However, Perky, I hope that by the time your daughter is ready to consider her professional options, her racial background will be a non-issue.
Posted 21 January 2004 - 10:29 PM
Posted 22 January 2004 - 04:02 AM
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