What’s Poppington: Trinity The Ballerina and Hiplet A New Type of Balet

I have never had the opportunity to attend the ballet. However, I still can and I plan on seeing a performance soon. One question that constantly sticks out for me when I think of the ballet is, where are all the black ballerinas? Before doing this post I was a bit hesitant because I didn’t know if I would be able to find a black ballerina that I could interview and pick her brain about how she feels about the classical dance, and where she may see herself in years to come.

Well, I found one, or I should say I stumbled upon the cutest little ballerina by the name of Trinity Frost (her name is cute too).

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Trinity and I got first had information on how a young black women feels as a ballerina. I could only imagine how it feel to not see your own image in something that you love or even enjoy doing. It has to be discouraging at times. The more black people embrace the art of ballet the more common it will be. Living in the south, in Charleston SC a black ballerina is extremely uncommon, yet highly intriguing and a sight for sore eyes.

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Trinity Frost “The Ballerina”

Jenifer: How long have you been a ballerina?

Trinity: I’ve been dancing since I was 6 or 7 but I started ballet in 2nd grade.

Jenifer: What made you choose ballet?

Trinity: At first I wasn’t really interested, but then I was watching a movie with my mama called Save The Last Dance that’s when I became interested, but I didn’t know how I was going to do because my mama didn’t know where I could learn it, but then one day my principal at my school offered me an application to free ballet classes at Burke High School and that was in 2nd grade and thats how I started and chose ballet.

Jenifer: Are you going to continue to pursue your career as a ballet dancer until your adulthood?

Trinity: I don’t know yet, but most likely I am but if I don’t I would like to be a doctor or a psychiatrist.

Jenifer: Do you feel like young black girls are afraid to do ballet?

Trinity: I think they are afraid because if they do embrace it they would probably feel judged because of our culture being based mostly off hip hop and because it is a predominantly white genre of dance.

I came across a video on on Facebook that showed ballet dancers dancing a style of dance that resembled hip hop. Then I came to find out that the dance is called Hiplett, a mixture of ballet and hip hop. This form of dance was founded by Homer Hans Bryant a St, Thomas native and founder and creative director of The Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center. Enjoy the videos below to learn more.