publication date: Tuesday, December 22, 2020 (part of Winter 2021)

category: Dance

clue: The first African-American ballerina in her theater company was also the first to point out that a centuries-old Russian ballet should no longer feature blackface.

explanation: Copeland, the first principal ballerina at American Ballet Theatre who is African-American, made news in early 2020 when she criticized the Bolshoi Theatre for continuing to present racist elements in La Bayadère. more…

difficulty: medium

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, and Erik Bates


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