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WBEZ-FM "Reset" Interviews Three A&A Ballet Art Deco Nutcracker Leads on Diversity in Ballet

Updated: Dec 11, 2023

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A&A Ballet's The Art Deco Nutcracker in Chicago

‘Art Deco Nutcracker’ in Chicago brings more diversity to ballet

The multicultural cast in A&A Ballet’s The Art Deco Nutcracker at the Athenaeum include three leads who are African American, Persian American and Asian American.

It’s challenging to become a professional and classically trained ballerina, and people of color say they face more significant financial and accessibility challenges than their white counterparts when breaking into the field.

Reset talks with the leads of one Chicago ballet production company’s Nutcracker about the show and what it’s like to be part of the growing diversity in ballet.

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