Atlanta black ballet company returns home after week-long performance in Washington D.C.

ATLANTA — Atlanta’s only black ballet company is returning home after completing a week-long performance at DC’s Kennedy Center.

The Ballethnic ballet dancers were invited to dance in a program called “Reframing the Narrative” at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. to celebrate Black ballet dancers and their history.

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The ballet company was started over 30 years ago by the co-founder’s, wife and husband team Nena Gilreath and Waverly Lucas.

They said they saw a need for a dance company that could represent a place where black dancers and dancers of color could have an opportunity and give other dancers a platform.


Ballethnic performed a dance called “Sanctity”.

The dance series at the Kennedy Center also featured two other predominantly black companies: The Dance Theater of Harlem and Memphis-based Collage Dance Collective.

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