Swan Lake Makes History

Birmingham Royal Ballet will make history tomorrow by featuring the country's first ever mixed race person to play the lead role in Swan Lake.

Birmingham Royal Ballet to make history

Birmingham Royal Ballet will make history tomorrow by featuring the country's first ever non-white swan in Swan Lake.

Traditionally ballet has been viewed as a white middle-class art form full of pale princesses.

But the dance company says it hopes the performance will show people that ballet is for everyone, regardless of race or background.

Country's first ever mixed race ballet leads

Birmingham Royal Ballet will make history tomorrow by featuring the country's first ever mixed race leads in Swan Lake. Celine Gittens will take to the stage at Birmingham Hippodrome with her partner Tyrone Singleton.

Celine Gittens will take to the stage at Birmingham Hippodrome with her partner Tyrone Singleton.
Celine Gittens will take to the stage at Birmingham Hippodrome with her partner Tyrone Singleton. Credit: ITV Central News
Celine Gittens will take to the stage at Birmingham Hippodrome with her partner Tyrone Singleton.
Celine Gittens will take to the stage at Birmingham Hippodrome with her partner Tyrone Singleton. Credit: ITV Central News
Celine Gittens will take to the stage at Birmingham Hippodrome with her partner Tyrone Singleton.
Celine Gittens will take to the stage at Birmingham Hippodrome with her partner Tyrone Singleton. Credit: ITV Central News

The dance company says traditionally ballet has been viewed as a white middle class art form but they are hoping the performance will show that ballet is for everyone, regardless of race or background.

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