NYC Ballet Casts Its FIRST Black Lead: Charlotte Nebres!

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It’s 2019 and we’re still learning of many Black “firsts”: the first Black member of the Royal Family, the first Black people to win Academy Awards for costume design and production design, and even the first Black secretary for the Smithsonian Institute. The list doesn’t stop there. As we close out the year and the decade, the New York City Ballet has finally chosen a Black lead for their annual production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker.