Brave Ballerina: The Story of Janet Collins (Hardcover)

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Brave Ballerina: The Story of Janet Collins (Hardcover)
By Michelle Meadows, illustrated by Ebony Glenn

Janet Collins wanted to be a ballerina in the 1930s and 40s, a time when racial segregation was widespread in the United States. She pursued dance with a passion, despite being rejected from discriminatory dance schools. When she was accepted into the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo as a teenager on the condition that she paint her skin white for performances, Janet refused.

But Janet continued to go after her dreams, never compromising her values along the way. From her early childhood lessons to the height of her success as the first African American prima ballerina in the Metropolitan Opera, Brave Ballerina is the story of a remarkable pioneer as told by Michelle Meadows, with fantastic illustrations from Ebony Glenn.

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (January 8, 2019)
  • Dimensions: 9” W x 0.4” D x 11.2” H
  • Ages: 4 - 8 years


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Diva

Diva is an Italian word derived from the Latin divus, which literally translates as “the divine one” or “goddess.”

In the world of opera, however, diva takes on a more exalted meaning, referring to the principal female singer on stage and harking back to a time when opera singers were music’s biggest stars.

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