Janet Collins

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Birthday
7, 1917
Birthplace
Louisiana
Death Date
May 28, 2003 (86)
Birth Sign
Pisces
Birthday
7, 1917
Birthplace
Louisiana
Death Date
May 28, 2003 (86)

About

American ballerina, choreographer, and dance teacher who was one of the only classically trained black ballerinas in her time and was the first black ballerina at the Metropolitan Opera. She is the namesake for the Janet Collins Fellowship, which attempts to aid young dancers on their path to success.

Before Fame

She began dancing at the age of four and received recognition for her work in Broadway shows like Aida, Carmen, and Cole Porter's Out of This World.

Trivia

Although she struggled with racism and her work was often hindered, she toured with her own original choreography which was widely respected.

Family Life

After her retirement, she joined the Benedictine order. Her cousin established the Janet Collins Fellowship, which provides support for aspiring ballet dancers.

Associated With

She paved the way for African-American singer Marian Anderson to be hired by the Met.