In 2019, La'Toya Princess Jackson presented her thesis "Black Swans Shattering The Glass Ceiling: A Historical Perspective of the Evolution of Black Ballet Companies- From Katherine Dunham to Arthur Mitchell" which is now available in the Harvard libraries and on Pro Quest. Since publishing her work, her thesis has been cited in several scholarly articles and she has presented her research for organizations like Memoirs of Blacks in Ballet (MOBBallet) and the Boston Ballet. She has since developed this historical perspective into a narrative ballet performance piece for LaPrincess Ballet Co. and created a digital archive paying tribute to the Black Swans of Ballet. This is the basis on which the Black Swans En Pointe Society was created!
"Black Swans Shattering the Glass Ceiling is reframing how history is presented, understanding that the past and present are in conversation with one another."
Black Swans En Pointe Society is the funding circle for patrons interested giving monetary gifts to the LaPrincess Ballet Co. By joining our gift giving circle, you enter a community of ballet lovers who are interested in creating a more inclusive ballet world, creating space for ALL dancers. Members who join our society are contributing to preserving the stories of the Black Swans of ballet. By providing funding, you are also investing in creating a space in which the true history of ballet can be told centering the contributions of Blacks in ballet within the narrative.
Funders and gift givers to LaPrincess Ballet Co. become members of our Black Swans En Pointe Society Funders/Giving Circle! Join now for just $75 and then select your level for monthly membership in our giving circle!
The funding circle has three giving tiers:
1) Silver/Corps de Ballet Society Member-$75/month.
Silver membership includes:
2) Platinum/Soloist Society Member-$150/Month
Platinum membership includes:
3) Diamond/Prima Ballerina-Principal Society Member- $300/month
Diamond membership includes:
MOBBallet cites "Black Swans Shattering The Glass Ceiling"
The Harvard Gazette features "Black Swans Shattering the Glass Ceiling"
Boston Ballet brings "Black Swans Shattering The Glass Ceiling" for a virtual presentation.
This history book cites "Black Swans Shattering the Glass Ceiling."
A scholar cites "Black Swans Shattering the Glass Ceiling" for their MFA thesis.
Chapter 11 will feature research from "Black Swans Shattering the Glass Ceiling."