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Dance: Eric Underwood in the Spotlight

Photo by Rick Guest

Photo by Rick Guest

The UK-based website Black Ballad has posted an insightful interview with Royal Ballet soloist Eric Underwood.

In the interview, the Washington, D.C. native tackles a number of topics including talking  extensively about what it’s like to be a black dancer in the ballet world, and his observations about how race and culture are seen differently in the London dance community compared to New York City.

He also discusses the complexity of the lack of blacks in ballet, pointing out that one of the many factors is being a ballet dancer is not a high priority for some black families.

One of the more interesting comments he makes has to do with being made aware that he was different.

Said Underwood in the article, “Where I grew up in Washington DC, most people were black, so I have never given my skin tone a second thought. Then when I started my career, I suddenly became a minority and race became more prevalent.”

Here’s a link to the complete interview: http://www.blackballad.co.uk/eric-underwood-ballet-dancer/

 

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