Adorable images of black Texan ballerinas go viral in Black History Month

Michael Eli Dokosi Feb 21, 2020 at 10:30am

February 21, 2020 at 10:30 am | News

Michael Eli Dokosi

Michael Eli Dokosi | Staff Writer

February 21, 2020 at 10:30 am | News

The ballerinas strike a pose to celebrate Black History Month in Beaumont, Texas via goodmorningamerica.com

In Black History Month, a group of African-American ballerinas bonded for a photoshoot and while the young Texan dancers aimed to have a shoot to keep, people soon loved and started sharing the awesome images online where they garnered over 14,000 shares with the hashtag, #BlackGirlMagic.

The ballerinas strike a pose to celebrate Black History Month in Beaumont, Texas via goodmorningamerica.com

Angela Malonson with the elite dance squad at the iRule Dance Studio in Beaumont, Texas noted “these girls work so hard, and although they don’t complain about it, sometimes we like to do something fun,” adding, “it just so happened to be February and what better month to do [the photoshoot] in honor of Black History Month.”

CharLee Hanna-Rule, iRule’s founder and owner stated: “I’m a big believer that, no matter who you are, if you want to dance in my studio, it’s a place for you,” adding, “it doesn’t matter your size or color or anything.”

PHOTO: The girls are just enjoying having fun and dancing hard, says dance mom, Angela Malonson.
The girls are just enjoying having fun and dancing hard, says dance mom, Angela Malonson.

She further observed: “When I saw [the pictures], I obviously choked up. To see [the photos], I was so proud.

Misty Copeland, the first African American principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre is revered here.

“We just don’t see a lot of people that look like her… people of color, brown people that take ballet,” Malonson said. “Misty Copeland came along and paved the way. There weren’t very many people for little girls of color to look up to.”

Malonson herself has 7-year-old daughter Falon with the young dancers and you guessed right, she adores Copeland.

PHOTO: Misty Copeland performs onstage during the 62nd annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center, Jan. 26, 2020, in Los Angeles.
Misty Copeland performs onstage during the 62nd annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center, Jan. 26, 2020, in Los Angeles.

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