Brave Ballerina

Brave Ballerina

The Story of Janet Collins

Book - 2019 | First edition
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Janet Collins wanted to be a ballerina in the 1930s and 40s, a time when racial segregation was widespread in the United States. From her early childhood lessons to the height of her success as the first African-American prima ballerina in the Metropolitan Opera, this is the story of a remarkable pioneer. Full color.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250127730
1250127734
Call Number: j Facts 792.8028 M4825 2018
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm

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From her early childhood lessons to the height of her success as the first African-American prima ballerina in the Metropolitan Opera, this is the story of dancer Janet Collins.


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FVRL_Maple_Ridge Feb 05, 2021

This book from the FVRL collection was chosen to compliment the 2019/2020 season at the ACT arts centre. This book was on a list that featured literature about dance and literature to compliment dance performances taking place at The ACT.

VaughanPLDianeB Feb 02, 2021

A lovely non-fiction picture book, in rhyming couplets, that tells the story of how Janet Collins' talent elevated her to the status of prima ballerina in 1951, despite the racial segregation of the time.

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LauraMcShaneCLE
Sep 19, 2020

Born in New Orleans, Janet Collins moved with her family to Los Angeles in the early 1920s. Her father was a tailor and her mother was a seamstress, who made costumes for her recitals and enrolled her in private dance lessons when she couldn't enroll in ballet school because of discrimination. This book recounts her journey that ultimately led to her career with the Metropolitan Opera House in New York - discovered by Zachary Solov, who is referenced in the story.

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threebearslibrary
Jun 19, 2019

I'm sure there was a good story behind this, but it would have probably made a better biography for an older child than a story for young children. I wouldn't recommend it, because the story was presented in such a racist manner constantly differentiating based on color. It wasn't about a girl who overcame challenges it was about black this black that. I don't want to teach my children racism I want to teach them that we are all human beings, and this much emphasis on color and race teachers the opposite of that. The story was limited and very backseat to making sure everyone was aware that black people are different. Just such a bad example for young children.

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