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First Black Lead In “The Nutcracker” Is 11 Years Old

Written by on December 17, 2019

The iconic NYC ballet “The Nutcracker” has been a performing arts tradition for more than 50 years. This year, Charlotte Nebres, 11 years old, is the first black dancer to win the coveted role of Marie, the young heroine of “The Nutcracker.”

Asked what she hopes people in the audience feel when they see her performing onstage, Nebres said, “I want them to feel empowered … because you get to see someone like you onstage, and it makes you think, ‘Oh, well maybe I can do that, too, because if she did it then I can.'”

In addition to Nebres, the other three children with leads in this year’s “Nutcracker” are also multi-racial. The show will run until Jan 5, 2020 at the David H. Koch Theater in New York City.

 

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