Brave Ballerina: The Story of Janet Collins
by Michelle Meadows ill Ebony Glenn
Echoing the rhythmic quality of dance, Meadows uses rhyming couplets to tell the story of Janet Collins. The cumulative syntax traces her story from early beginnings to prima ballerina with the Metropolitan Opera House.
Born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1917 and raised in Los Angeles, California, Janet displayed not only talent, but a love for dance.
In a time when dance opportunities were limited for a youngster of color, Collins found ways to realize her dream. Whether it was finding teachers or studying and performing other forms of dance including Spanish, Caribbean, and African, she continued to pursue her passion.