News: Eric Underwood - 'being black is an asset'

Monday 9 September 2013

Royal Ballet Soloist Eric Underwood talks about ballet’s lack of non white performers and his own experiences: “Only as a ballet dancer did I even notice I was black – before that I was just Eric.”

He takes part in the Royal Ballet’s Chance to Dance initiative: “I go out to schools in Lambeth, in Loughborough Junction – into neighbourhoods where Londoners don’t have ballet – to assess whether children have the necessary physical attributes. I meet their parents, introduce them to ballet, and show them my dancing so I can say: “This is what a dancer is and it’s OK for you to try to become that.” “

Read more in the Guardian, 9 Sept 2013

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