USA Today Recommended Book Adapted for the Stage
Brings the Struggles of Black Ballerinas to Life
This summer, the award-winning author Marian L. Thomas, will bring the adaptation of her acclaimed book
to the Marietta Performing Arts Center in Marietta, GA. Blue Butterfly - The Black Ballerina will offer its memorable performance from June 16 through June 19, 2016.
The performance, by a well-talented multi-cultural cast, provides an intimate look into the life of the character dubbed "Precious Blue Johnson" - a young woman struggling to become the first principal African-American ballerina.
Play Takes Inspiration from Trailblazers Such As Misty Copeland
Blue Butterfly - The Black Ballerina
is said to be a poignant and entrancing play inspired by some of the greatest black ballerinas
to take the ballet stage. "
The word "ballerina" traditionally invokes the image of a beautiful and radiant Caucasian woman dancing with classical grace," said Marian L. Thomas. However, that misconception has been shattered forever thanks to ballerinas like Misty Copeland - a dancer who has made history as a member of the prestigious American Ballet Theatre and as the first African American Female Principal Dancer.
Ms. Copeland, along with Lauren Anderson (Houston Ballet), Aesha Ash (New York City Ballet), and Janet Collins (Metropolitan Ballet) are known as trailblazers who have been breaking the barriers with fortitude and grace.