11-Year-Old Ballerina Makes History As 'The First Black Lead' In NYC's Ballet 'The Nutcracker'

11-Year-Old Ballerina Makes History As 'The First Black Lead' In NYC's Ballet 'The Nutcracker'

This is amazing!

Charlotte Nebres is just 11-years-old and she is already a part of NYC's cultural history. George Balanchine’s 'The Nutcracker' has a lead named Marie, and that role was played by Charlotte when the show opened for the public on Friday. 

As reported by The Root, Charlotte's mother is of Trinidadian descent and her father's side is descended from Philipines. The NYC Ballet posted the news on their Instagram page showcasing her journey. It read: "IN THE NEWS // The four children who alternate the roles of Marie and the Nutcracker Prince were recently profiled in The New York Times by Gia Korlas. She sat down with them to discuss the rehearsal process, their lives off-stage, and their roles in the ballet.⁠"⠀⠀
"When asked about why ballet is important to her now, in this moment, 11 year-old Charlotte Nebres, pictured here in rehearsal for her role as Marie, said:⁠ "To me, it just feels like when I dance I feel free and I feel empowered. I feel like I can do anything when I dance. It makes me happy, and I’m going to do what makes me happy. You don’t need to think about anything else."⁠⠀

 



 

It was really as simple as that for the young girl, to have a dream and to dance to her heart's desire into the pages of history. More power to her.

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