Dutch National Ballet presents

Dancing Diversity Black Achievement Month

This show was to been seen in October 2019

BAM: Dancing Diversity

With Dancing Diversity Dutch National Ballet promotes - during Black Achievement Month (BAM) -  diversity and stimulates young talented dancers of colour to strive to become part of the top of the classical ballet world.



In this third edition of Dancing Diversity the past and present of dancers of colour, who have danced or are dancing with Dutch National Ballet take center stage. You will get a glimpse into the history of these dancers with the company and we will look forward to the future. What does this future look like? We will show a few clips and 2 short choreographies will be performed by our talented young dancers.

The hard rocks will seem soft to us

Choreography: Sedrig Verwoert
Dancer: Sebia Plantefève
Music: Franz Peter Schubert
Song: Ave Maria


Choreography: Ernst Meisner
Dancer: Sebia Plantefève en Davi Ramos
Music: Max Richter

Theresa Ruth Howard


The event will be presented by Theresa Ruth Howard.

Howard is the founder and curator of MoBBallet.org (Memoirs of Blacks in Ballet) a digital platform that preserves, presents, and promotes the contributions, and stories of black artists in the field of ballet. She is a former ballet dancer and journalist, having performed with Dance Theater of Harlem and Armitage Gone! Dance, and also  a writer contributed to the Source and Pointe, Expressions (Italy), and Tanz (Germany) Opera America (US) Magazines. Currently she is a contributing writer for Dance Magazine. 
Ms. Howard works as a diversity strategist and consultant assisting arts organizations better understand, design and implement diversity equity and inclusion programs (DEI) and initiatives. She speaks with artistic and executive, school directors, and board members of ballet and opera about DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) and shifting culture of both classical forms.


This event is now over, but the archiving continues. If you would like to share photos or other documents with us from this Foyer evening, please send them to Henrik Lillin, archivist of the Dutch National Opera & Ballet; h.lillin@operaballet.nl

Black Achievement Month

The Black Achievement Month introduces the Netherlands to the ‘black’ history of the Netherlands, through exhibitions, debates, theatre, film and dance. Stories are told about slavery and its legacy, while also looking to the future. The Black Achievement Month thus provides a platform for black role models and their special achievements, such as star ballerina Michaela DePrince. NiNsee (Nationaal Instituut Nederlands Slavernijverleden en Erfenis) is the initiator of the project Black Achievement Month (BAM), which is based on the Black History Month. Through BAM, NiNsee aims not only to look at the past, but also to focus on the present and the future.

More information: BAM