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KC Ballet features first African-American ballerina in lead role for The Nutcracker

Posted: 3:25 PM, Nov 29, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-29 21:25:23Z
African-American woman takes lead in Nutcracker
African-American woman takes lead in Nutcracker
African-American woman takes lead in Nutcracker
African-American woman takes lead in Nutcracker
African-American woman takes lead in Nutcracker
African-American woman takes lead in Nutcracker
African-American woman takes lead in Nutcracker
African-American woman takes lead in Nutcracker
African-American woman takes lead in Nutcracker
African-American woman takes lead in Nutcracker
African-American woman takes lead in Nutcracker
African-American woman takes lead in Nutcracker

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Whitney Huell is the only African-American ballerina in the Kansas City Ballet. She started dancing at five years old, which means she's performed in The Nutcracker, "Oh, for a while. Yes, a long while," she said.

This year, it will be even more special. Huell is performing as the sugar plum fairy in The Nutcracker, the first black ballerina in the KC Ballet to take on the lead role.

"I think that it will show young dancers of color that they can do anything," Huell said.

Artistic Director Devon Carney said, "Am I excited about that? Am I proud of that? Absolutely. I couldn't imagine a better opportunity than to have the chance to be artistic director and see this come to life, finally, here for Kansas City Ballet. It's a very important moment for all of us."

The Nutcracker opens Nov. 30 at the Kauffman Center. You can find out more, including ticketing information, at this link.