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Night's Dancer: The Life of Janet Collins

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Dancer Janet Collins, born in New Orleans in 1917 and raised in Los Angeles, soared high over the color line as the first African-American prima ballerina at the Metropolitan Opera. Night's Dancer chronicles the life of this extraordinary and elusive woman, who became a unique concert dance soloist as well as a black trailblazer in the white world of classical ballet. ...more
Hardcover, 361 pages
Published September 13th 2011 by Wesleyan University Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Eli
So many things to say. Janet Collins was a remarkable woman--an artist and apostle. The first black prima ballerina at the Metropolitan Opera, she broke color lines every day of her life, and her calm and dignity made that a small achievement. The way it should be.
I'm angry no one told me about her when I was a little girl studying ballet and being told there was no way my body would grow into the body of a ballet dancer, just because I'm black. I wish I had known about Janet Collins, so I coul
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Aug 28, 2015 BMR, MSW, LSW rated it it was amazing
I have read loads of ballet history over the decades and never heard of Janet Collins until a few months ago. Ms. Collins had a relatively brief career in dance, but she left a long and distinguished legacy. Her first cousin Carmen De Lavallade is more well known, and Carmen has said repeatedly that she was inspired by Janet.

The histories of minorities in ballet have not been well documented, for a multitude of reasons. I'm so glad I lucked up on finding this book on Janet Collins.
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Mar 24, 2013 Clare rated it it was amazing
This was a fascinating read. I had never heard of Janet Collins and found her story to be inspiring. She was a true artist.
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