Sharing the struggles and celebrating the triumphs of being African American in the ballet world and beyond.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Swan Dreams Project

“Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit.” - Wilma Rudolph

Photography: Paul D. Van Hoy II

I would like to thank everyone for their feedback and encouragement regarding The Swan Dreams Project. This project is still in its infancy and I look forward to watching it continue to take shape over time. Messaging through the power of positive self-imagery is a large component of this Project, with one of the goals being to make the language and imagery of ballet more accessible to the African-American community. In order to further this goal, I have captured deeply personal images that personify the message of Swan Dreams in photographs taken in the community where I was born and raised.  Part of the proceeds from the sale of these images will go to community and non profit organizations to share the beauty of ballet with youth in challenged neighborhoods. To increase circulation of the Swan Dreams message, these images are being offered at reduced prices on I will continue to use this blog to update all of you on the work and progress The Swan Dreams Project is making. 

Dance for All, is one of a few organization that has caught my attention. I have been campaigning towards getting some of their "wish list" items fulfilled and hope that through the work of The Swan Dreams Project, we will be able to make a substantial contribution sometime soon. 


Just since its debut, The Swan Dreams Project has donated more than $500 worth of imagery, in hopes of inspiring and encouraging more young artist.

 The Word is Spreading!

Recently, The Swan Dreams Project was featured on the blog of a very cool and innovative company called Papernomad. The company creates sleeves for your notebooks, ipods and ipads that are made from 100% organic, water resistant, tear resistant and flame retardant paper. Environmentally and socially conscious, one of the company's passions is to "question existing systems..." Using paper materials to cover electronics is one way to start! The company's product is meant to showcase our uniqueness and individualities, and for me therein lies the beauty of their vision. 

I would like to thank the wonderful individuals of Papernomad, and encourage others to not only visit their site and blog, but to support such companies who promote individuality,creativity, and social consciousness.


I look forward to using my Papernomad notebook sleeve to document this project's journey.