Black Ballerina Summit

Saturday, August 10, 2024

With the collaboration of Ballet legend Karen Brown, and Co-Host Devon McLeod, Associate Producer of the New York Dance Festival, the Black Ballerina Summit is a celebration of inclusion and acknowledgement for women of color and those, of any gender, who taught, supported, and promoted access in Classical Ballet through; technique innovation, teaching, philanthropy, or employment. The Summit is about people of any race and gender that have supported and helped pave the way for people of color in Ballet by acknowledging them and Black Ballerinas. It’s for any person wishing to contribute to a robust and inspired tomorrow, today.

The full day symposium will include a Welcome, Master Classes, Panel discussions, an in studio showing, and an evening Soirée. Plus lots of reminiscing, future planning, and seeding “now” projects.


Community, Learning, Updating history, and Appreciation is the goal of the day and gathering.


The Black Ballerina Summit is part of the Black Ballet Discovery Project, Genius Initiative, and Archive: Our supported infrastructure solution for the problem of Blacks in Ballet.

Panel Discussions

Black Ballet Choreographers Sympossuim and Commission Conference - Karen Brown - Thomas Warfield - Devon McLeod - Sean McLeod

Master Classes

Black Ballerina - Barre

Closing Mixer

Wine Glasses - Soiree


Time Event
10:00 AM – 10:45 AM EST Welcome Morning Mixer
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST Master Class 1
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST A Comparative Discussion
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM EST Break
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM EST Panel Discussion
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM EST Break
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM EST Closing Mixer


Tuition: $275 / per person

If you need financial assistance, register and select (I may need some financial assistance)
and you will be contacted via email to discuss assistance