features Former ABT Soloist Nora Kimball… (thumbs up!!!)

The title of the post is :

Little Known Black History Fact: Nora Kimball


Misty Copeland has become a household name as a standout dancer for the prestigious American Ballet Theatre company. Although she is often billed as the ABT’s first African-American soloist, Copeland acknowledges that she is actually the second and that the overlooked Nora Koito Kimball-Mentzos was the first to achieve the feat. Continue

The piece features an audio clip of the Tom Joyner show. That’s incredible. But what I find intriguing is that while acknowledging Kimball’s achievement, it comes through Copeland. Joyner reads:

“According to Copeland, Kimball a black woman also of Asian decent achieved the feat first””.


It is wonderful that Misty is giving back to the community by giving back (by name) some dance history. I am sure that in the coming months we will see a lot more African American Ballerina’s acknowledged and honored by name…. (wink)


Check out the audio

Maybe the Black Ballerina are reappearing….

For the NAMES of African American Ballet Dancers Past and present check out the Comment section the ROLL CALL here

One thought on “ features Former ABT Soloist Nora Kimball… (thumbs up!!!)”

  1. My sister Nora has had and still has an amazing career in dance. As a child she performed with the Royal Ballet in the annual Nutcracker Suite in Rockefeller Center. She left NYC and performed with Stuttgart Ballet, Dance Theatre of Netherlands, American Ballet Theater and Frankfurt Ballet, to name a few. She still performs around the world and teaches in Germany.

    Another sister, Christina Kumi Kimball, has had an equally illustrious career in dance. After attending the High School of Performing Arts in New York City, she went on to work on Broadway in The Wiz, and several other shows. She performed with Alvin Ailey, Dance Theater of Harlem, and the George Faison Dancers. There were so many men and women of color that impacted the movement of dance in America and around the world. We should give them their roses while we can and remember those who paved the way and yet they have left us to be on a bigger stage.

    I have fond memories of great live performances as my family supported the Arts and we watched them perform. My mother was always in the wings making costumes which allowed the family to get to know some fantastic people.

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