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 offers that positive experience for children for years to come.
Here are a couple of examples of noteworthy projects offering strong, positive ballet images for children.
Brown Girls Do Ballet: After going through the process of looking for a culturally diverse ballet school for her daughter, TaKiyah Wallace launched Brown Girls Do Ballet as a photo project to highlight girls of Hispanic, African, Asian, East Indian, and Native American ancestry in ballet. The project grew into a movement that includes scholarship programs, ballet performances, photo exhibitions, and more. For more information, visit https://www.browngirlsdoballet.com/our-vision/
Swan Dreams Project: Ballerina Aesha Ash (pictured), formerly with the New York City Ballet, is doing amazing things through her Swan Dreams Project -- exposing children to ballet and encouraging them to follow their dreams. Part of the project involves Aesha taking really inspiring photos with children. Learn more about the Swan Dreams Project by Aesha Ash here: https://www.theswandreamsproject.org/
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