In celebration of Black Historical past Month, Dance Spirit is saluting younger Black artists who don’t simply characterize a shiny future for the dance business—they’re already making historical past of their very own. Ending our sequence: Charlotte Nebres. Be sure you test dancespirit.com to satisfy extra dancers who embody Black excellence in dance and in life. #BlackDanceHistoryIsHappeningNow
Each December, bunheads throughout the nation gentle up on the information that Nutcracker casting has been determined. And whereas many a budding ballerina hopes to bounce as Clara/Marie, few make historical past within the function. College of American Ballet scholar Charlotte Nebres did simply that at age 11 in 2019, when she turned the primary Black Marie in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker with New York Metropolis Ballet.
At age 6, she was impressed by Misty Copeland’s promotion to principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre. Now, she follows in Copeland’s footsteps in additional methods than one: Along with being a pioneer onstage, Nebres launched her first guide, Charlotte and the Nutcracker, in December 2021. Based mostly on her personal life, the story follows a younger dancer named Charlotte as she prepares to play Marie in New York Metropolis Ballet’s Nutcracker. The image guide for younger readers additionally depicts the vacation traditions of Nebres’ Trinidadian and Filipino households.
Nebres desires her success to set an instance. “I simply hope that folks can be capable to see themselves and assume, ‘If she did it, why can’t I?’ There shouldn’t be any type of doubt in means,” she stated in an interview final yr with Good Morning America. “It’s potential.”