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A Letter from Boston Ballet School’s Director
Dear Boston Ballet School Community:
We as an arts organization stand in solidarity with our black students, black dancers, black colleagues and the black community. We continue to join with millions in protest against the recent, but not new, police brutality and racial injustice that underscores our society’s unfinished steps toward creating equity for all across our country. And within the ballet industry, we understand now more than ever, the need to expand our efforts to actively address racism and white privilege to support our black students and families in our community.
For over 65 years, BBS has strived to serve individuals of all backgrounds, ages, and abilities within and beyond our studios, yet we understand that not everyone has always felt welcome. It is our job to address this, and not ignore it. Over the past few years we have made a more intentional commitment toward diversity and inclusion through the following initiatives, many of which are ongoing, and much of which are just beginning:
Our dream for BBS is to support radical and disruptive change, change that will result in the artistic voices of our culturally diverse community finding a place of welcome here. Art, and more specifically dance, has the potential to transcend the boundaries of our differences in which to heal the exclusion so many have experienced in a predominately white ballet world, and we must do better. I ask that you join me, along with the entire BBS family, in our commitment to the work of learning and growing. We will work to hold ourselves accountable for creating a new lens that can bring relevance to sharing a dance education for all, which lies at the heart of our mission.
The work that has been done is just a beginning and we must do more. Please share your ideas and feedback with us at SCHOOL@BOSTONBALLET.ORG. We are listening!
Director, Boston Ballet School