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Dancing in the Light: The Janet Collins Story

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Inspirational animated tale of famous black ballerina soars.

Movie G 2015 17 minutes
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Good Message

From A., age 7: It’s so, so awesome. I love Janet Collins. From E., age 7: I love the movie.

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Narrated by Chris Rock, this is an accessible, inspirational true story that can teach kids a lot about the lingering effects of slavery and racism in Jim Crow America. For girls and boys who are fans of ballet, this is a familiar story about the hard work, dedication, and practice it takes to be good at the art form. But it's also a story of unimaginable success and triumph during a time when the ballet was all white, all the more surprising given the fact that the recent success of Misty Copeland as the second-ever African-American ballerina comes 60 years after Collins paved the way. Some difficult moments tell the hardship of Collins' experiences but serve as a great primer on the realities of racism and discrimination.

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