12 August 2019
Founded by former New York City Ballet dancer Aesha Ash, the Swan Dreams Project is an initiative that advocates for and inspires African-American communities and young ballet dancers who may find their opportunities to succeed in the ballet world limited due to their race or socio-economic status. Learn more about the project from Ash herself in the Project’s video:
The Project’s Mission:
Through the use of imagery and my career as a ballet dancer, I want to help change the demoralized, objectified and caricatured images of African-American women by showing the world that beauty is not reserved for any particular race or socio-economic background. I wish for this message to infuse the ballet world and project to the entire world. While exposing more African-American communities to the ballet, I also hope to promote greater involvement and increase patronage to this beautiful art form.
The Swan Dreams Project’s goal is to convey the message that beauty and talent are not constrained by race or socio-economic status. I want our youth to know that they are not limited by stereotypes nor by their environment, but only by their dreams
Learn more or donate to the Swan Dreams Project here.