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Mother and Ballerina: Celebrating your culture in the dancewear store

Dancewear stores are a vital source for young dancers.

In fact, the journey of a ballerina typically begins at a dancewear store. For this reason, a dancewear store has the ability to serve as a starting point for dance education and the history of dancers; especially black dancers and additional minority groups.

As Black History Month comes to an end, Kenya Ross spoke with a ballerina and her mother about an opportunity her daughter had to display a project in a Capezio store - celebrating black dancers.

Alexandra "Allie" Francois, a ballerina with Elevation Dance Arts, and her mother Martine Perrin-Francois reside in Long Island, New York.

On your next trip to the dancewear store, ask the store managers or owners how you can help with getting them more involved in celebrating underrepresented cultures.

What can a dancer take from a dancewear store other than a new pair of pointe shoes, tights, or leotards? - a new perspective and a friendly welcome.

Take a look at Allie's Black History Month display on Celebrating Black Dancers inside a Capezio store.


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