What It’s Like to Perform Ballet While Black

Though I loved to dance, I felt pressured to conform to a particular kind to make strides in the industry

Felicia Fitzpatrick
ZORA
Published in
9 min readNov 5, 2019

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Illustration: D’Ara Nazaryan

TThe lights dim. An anticipatory hush settles over the audience. The air feels warm and sweet. The string section begins their quick and staccato phrasing of the overture, launching us into ballet’s beloved holiday…

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Felicia Fitzpatrick
ZORA
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