NYC Ballet Casts Black Dancer to Play Main Character in ‘The Nutcracker’ For First Time Ever

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What to Know

  • The New York City Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker” has cast a black dancer to play Marie for the first time
  • The NY Times says Charlotte Nebres will star in this year’s rendition of the company’s production, which started in 1954
  • The 11-year-old Nebres is a student at the School of American Ballet. Her mother is from Trinidad and her father is from the Philippines

The New York City Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker” has cast a black dancer to play Marie for the first time.

The New York Times reports Charlotte Nebres will star in this year’s rendition of the company’s production, which started in 1954.

Nebres is a student at the School of American Ballet. Her mother’s family is from Trinidad and her father’s family is from the Philippines.

The 11-year-old Nebres says she remembers being inspired by Misty Copeland becoming the first African-American female principal at American Ballet Theater.

Nebres will be joined by a diverse group of young leads.

Nebres’ Prince, Tanner Quirk, is half-Chinese. Sophia Thomopoulos, who will also play Marie, is half-Korean, half-Greek. Sophia’s Prince will be played by Kai Misra-Stone, who is half-South Asian.

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