Aida Overton Walker
“Regarded as the best black woman dancer in the US during her time, and as the first black female choreographer.”
Loved Black Swan.
My own ballet instructor said it was “tacky and tawdry…and very American” and then shouted “Let’s see your Black Swan feathers!” during our warm up. Thankfully he’s nothing like the instructor in the film.
I feel for Winona Ryder—first she was aged so she could play the mother in Star Trek (wtf) and then in this film she’s the ageing, fading star. She’s 39 and all her recent roles seem to be The Old Woman Who Needs to Die.
It was full of ballet clichés, but thankfully not the All Male Dancers are Gay one. Between Natalie hooking up with her dance instructor and this film, perhaps people will stop making assumptions about a person’s sexuality because of their career or hobbies.
“People assume that if you’re a male ballet dancer you’re gay. And I think it’s quite silly because let’s think about it. You are working around beautiful women all day that are half naked. It’s a great job for straight guys.”