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Brown Girls Do Ballet®, a philanthropic organization often featured for its noteworthy Instagram movement, began in 2013 as a personal photography project by TaKiyah Wallace in an effort to highlight girls of Hispanic, African, Asian, East Indian, and Native American ancestry in Ballet programs. Wallace was taken by surprise upon discovering the lack of cultural diversity in local ballet schools while searching for a program for her then 3 year old. Like any mom, she grew concerned of how her daughter would feel in a class where no one resembled her.
Brown Girls Do Ballet® is now the premiere information source for ballerinas of color. The mission of Brown Girls Do Ballet® is to help increase participation of underrepresented minority populations in ballet programs through organizing and arranging ballet performances, photo exhibitions, and providing resources and scholarships to assist young girls in their ballet development and training.
We believe that every Brown Ballerina with access to proper mentoring and training should have the opportunity to learn from more experienced Brown Ballerinas. In this vein, we have elected to establish the Brown Ballerina Ambassador Program. Learn more about the Jr. Ambassador Program (ages 10-12) and Youth Ambassador Program (ages 13-17) by visiting here.
Brown Girls Do Ballet® operates as a non-profit organization and thus depends on fundraising through events, merchandise sales, and donations, etc. Our funding is dedicated to providing opportunities for ballerinas of color through a variety of resources and education, including summer intensives to college classes.