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