Tickets & Events

Screening of Black Ballerina

Saturday, March 11
2p :: Film begins
Kelly Strayhorn Theater
5941 Penn Avenue :: Map



Presented by Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and Dance Theatre of Harlem


Black Ballerina tells the story of several black women from different generations who fell in love with ballet. Six decades ago, while pursuing their dreams, Joan Myers Brown, Delores Browne and Raven Wilkinson confronted racism, exclusion and unequal opportunity. Today, young dancers of color continue to face formidable challenges breaking into the overwhelmingly white world of ballet. Moving back and forth in time, this lyrical, character driven film shows how far we still have to go and stimulates a fresh discussion about race, inclusion and opportunity across all sectors of American society.

Producer/Director Frances McElroy is a 2009 Pew Fellow in the Arts and 2010 Leeway Foundation Transformation Awardee. Project supporters include the National Endowment for the Arts, Women In Film and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Black Ballerina is produced by Shirley Road Productions and distributed by American Public Television.


Tickets for this event are free and open to the public.


To purchase a DVD of the documentary, please visit