Chocolate Ballerina Company, led by Artistic and Executive Director Chanel Holland, presents the 2nd Annual Premier Prima, featuring The Return of the Ballerinas, a full-length masquerade-themed ballet with choreographic works by Chanel Holland, Choreographer in Residence Ashley Hackney, and a premiere from our Principal Dancer Aliya Anderson.
Influenced by the classic Broadway musical, Phantom of the Opera shares a realistic struggle for granting women lead roles. The Return of the Ballerinas sheds light on the political injustices of women. Other aspects include judicial prejudices of African American men, society’s social influences, and the hard truth of Black ballerinas in the arts.
Guest appearance by Outbreak Dance Company, a Philadelphia-based contemporary dance training company co-founded by Ashley Hackney and Shanti Singleton.
The dramatized ballet will illustrate the beauty of Balanchine, Graham, and Horton techniques, including diverse music from Stevie Wonder, Lyn Collins, and Kirk Franklin. Stage sets designed by architect majors at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art + Architecture.
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