Young ballerinas from New York's Long Island-based Alex Ray Studios. Photo: Brown Girls Do Ballet Instagram
Ballet hero Misty Copeland may be doing much to change the stuffy perception of the traditional prima ballerina, but don't forget about the awesome kids out in their local dancehalls, pirouetting away like no one's watching.
Brown Girls Do Ballet, your fave new dance-centric Instagram account, is giving a voice and platform to the world's up-and-coming ballerinas of colour.
The website recently made headline news after a video they posted of a class of young girls - students of renowned American principal dancer Homer Hans Bryant - dancing epically to Disclosure and Sam Smith's 'Omen' went viral.
The Instagram account now has over 45,000 followers and counting.
Originally launched as a photography project by TaKiyah Wallace and further developed by co-founder and former ballerina Brittani Marie, the Instagram and its related website aim to promote diversity in the traditionally Eurocentric, often whitewashed world of ballet.
"We realised the missing link to diversifying ballet was a resource that spoke to their identity. We wanted to convey a message of acceptance, vision, and possibility," Wallace and Marie told BuzzFeed.
"We wanted to be that voice that empowers young girls even in the face of adversity. We chose to start with showing them examples."
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Earlier this year, the women - joining forces with designer Whitney Bracey of Mahogany Blues Dance Apparel - also announced plans to launch a dance apparel store, stocking multi-tonal nude leotards, bandages and tutus designed in shades that cater specifically to girls of colour.
Read more about Brown Girls Do Ballet here.