August 31, 2019

Throughout the summer, it has been an honor to meet children, parents, teachers, and librarians at Brave Ballerina book signings along the Delaware coast. I gave presentations about ballet history and the fierce determination of Janet Collins. In addition to reading Brave Ballerina, we danced! Sharing some of my favorite event photos...

January 3, 2019

In December 2018, my husband and I had the pleasure of visiting the Dance Theatre of Harlem in New York City. Anna Glass, executive director of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, gave us a fantastic tour. It was so interesting to see rehearsals and other activities happening in the various studios.

At the Dance Theatre of Harlem School’s ho...

October 9, 2018

One of the reasons I decided to write BRAVE BALLERINA: The Story of Janet Collins -- I would have loved to read a beautifully illustrated picture book about Janet Collins when I was a little girl. It's so important for children to see role models who look like them -- doing amazing things and going after their dreams. I hope my book...

August 3, 2018

Growing up in Washington D.C., I was fortunate to see professional ballerinas perform on stage at the Kennedy Center. I have my mother to thank. I remember the excitement I felt seeing ballerinas with brown skin – princesses who looked like me!

Historically, classical ballet has emphasized uniformity, especially in the corps de ballet...

July 5, 2018

While working on the picture book biography, Brave Ballerina: The Story of Janet Collins, I was struck by the graceful images of Janet’s first cousin, Carmen de Lavallade. Carmen’s beauty, elegance, and passion for dance shine through every photo. Here are five things I find most fascinating:

1. Janet Collins, the first African-A...

June 10, 2018

My love of ballet started as a young child in the 1970s when I took ballet classes for a couple of years at the Jones-Haywood Dance School on Delafield Place in Washington D.C. (formerly the Jones-Haywood School of Ballet.) This is a picture of me with my big brother after a ballet recital.

I have always been an amateur dancer; I just...

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