JANET COLLINS’ the FIRST Black Prima Ballerina of the Metropolitan Opera. At age 15, in 1932, she managed to gain entrance to an audition for The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, she enchanted the master Leonide Massine. He told her she can enter the company but only “…if you paint your face and body white.” Janet refused.
2009 film of Carmen de Lavallade and Geoffrey Holder -- living legends of American dance, married over 50 years. Here you have candid interviews and great dance footage (with Alvin Ailey, Herbert Ross, Lester Horton, Duke Ellington, and Josephine Baker among others). Coming of age on Broadway in the 1950s, their lives have been poignant and vibrant. You need to see this!