Yesha Callahan

We Love: Brown Girls Do Ballet, Celebrating and Increasing Diversity in Ballet


‘Every inquiry captured a shared passion beyond imagination and a greater purpose was unearthed’ Brown Girls Do Ballet

Brown Girls Do Ballet was started in 2013 as a personal project by photographer TaKiyah Wallace. Initially, Wallace set out to highlight underrepresented Hispanic, African ancestored, Asian, East Indian, and Native American girls enrolled in Ballet programs across the state of Texas.

After setting up her first photographic casting calls in major cities in Texas, countless inquires from all over the United States began to pour in. Parents and ballerinas of all ages were overwhelmed with excitement to finally have a spotlight for people of color in the world of ballet.

After receiving positive feedback, Wallace decided to transform her personal photography project into something larger — Brown Girls Do Ballet.


The Brown Girls Do Ballet project is now redefined as a movement in performing arts and its website set to become the premier information source for ballerinas of color.

The mission of Brown Girls Do Ballet is to help increase participation of underrepresented minority populations in ballet programs through providing resources and scholarships to assist young girls in their ballet development and training.

Note: Brown Girls Do Ballet also features males of all ages in the ballet genre.

To learn more please visit and make sure to visit their Facebook and Instagram pages for daily brown ballerina photos and updates.

Check out our gallery to see photos from beautiful brown ballerinas of all ages courtesy of Brown Girls Do Ballet. 

Photo Credits: TaKiyah Wallace/Brown Girls Do Ballet IG/Facebook/Website

  1. January 5, 2015 - Reply

    this is beautiful!

  2. January 5, 2015 - Reply

    #8 and #10, just strikingly powerful

  3. January 5, 2015 - Reply

    Awesome and Adorable love this.

    • January 5, 2015 - Reply

      @Mary Burrell

      I agree with you Sister 100 percent.

  4. January 5, 2015 - Reply

    Michaela Prince and Misty Copeland are beautiful dancers.

  5. January 5, 2015 - Reply

    There real black ballerinas

  6. January 6, 2015 - Reply

    Bless TaKiyah Wallace.

  7. January 6, 2015 - Reply

    I can’t get over the fierceness of the ballerina in the orange dress..

  8. January 6, 2015 - Reply

    Why does the male ballet dancer look so disgusted?

  9. January 6, 2015 - Reply

    Wow, and OW!

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