Ballet Performer Chloé Lopes Gomes On Racism And Challenges In The Classical Dance

Chloé Lopez Gomes

Prior to joining Berlin Staatsballett, which is one of the best compared to other dance institutions in the world, it was the fantasy of Chloé Lopes Gomes to be a part of this trustworthy expressive dance establishment.

At the point when she joined the team in 2018, she became the first Black ballet performer to join the Berlin Staatsballett.

Nonetheless, subsequent to investing some energy with the establishment, Chloé Lopes Gomes was told in October that her contract with the outfit would not be renewed this late spring.

As indicated by her, she believes the decision came because of the grievances she has endured about the racist comments and unjustifiable treatment she had suffered from her ballet mistress.

Meanwhile, the organization also said the decision was made with no racism attached but for “artistic reasons,” after attempting to deal with the issue inside.


she has endured depression and embarrassment, and that she is a long way from the solitary artist who has encountered injurious remarks and boisterous attack during her career.

Chloé who started ballet dancing at a youthful age of eight years, recollects how her teachers ingrain in them discipline and thoroughness, yet also showed them not to complain, but to endure inside and be polite.

“I have heard over and over the damaging stereotypes that Black dancers aren’t flexible enough or don’t have the right feet, or that Asian dancers aren’t expressive enough”. She said.

Still on the issue, she said:

“Ballet is still designed for White dancers, down to the shoes and makeup we wear. Nude-colored ballet shoes for Black dancers didn’t exist until 2018. I’ve always had to buy my own makeup, because the foundation provided has always been for White skin. I’ve always been the only dancer to do my own hair, because the hair stylists don’t know how to work with my texture. At Staatsballett, there are 95 dancers and I was the only one spending my own money on makeup. It makes you feel excluded. And it reminds me that when you are Black, you have to work harder to have the same opportunities.”

As per Chloé Lopes Gomes, in order for the performing arts to survive, they have to reach new audiences. In ballet, which is still primarily White and elitist, they have to make it more accessible, and this can be done by making it a more inclusive and equitable art form.

Chloé’s Ambitions:

The Ballet society ought to draw in skilled and assorted youthful artists in ballet schools and start to revamp artful dance organizations from the beginning to mirror the multicultural world they live in. Chloé says they should stop the hazardous conviction that artists should consistently stay quiet, which is bored into them at a youthful age. Artists ought to be given legitimate roads of response when their instructors or directors abuse them.

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If ballet companies welcome more people of all backgrounds to attend its shows, more young people will fall in love with it. If ballet school directors make it their duty to seek out and nurture those aspiring dancers, and level the playing field regardless of race or income level, diverse dancers will enter the ranks.

They will ultimately become ballet masters, drawing in and teaching more artists of colour. And afterward the cycle proceeds – more children will see themselves addressed in front of an audience; they will see a future in pointe shoes.

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