Growing up, all five members of the Hiplet Ballerinas felt excluded from the world of dance because of how they look. Whether it was the color of their skin or the shape of their bodies, they learned that many people expect all dancers to look “a certain way.”
That’s why they made it their mission to prove that anyone is capable of being a dancer, no matter what they look like!
“We want to show the little girls out there that you don’t have to fit the mold, you don’t have to be what they’re asking you to be. You can be unique,” one of them said.
As the quintet began their performance, judge Simon Cowell looked bored, having admitted that he doesn’t care for ballet. Seconds later, the music changed from “Swan Lake” to a hip-hop song called “React,” the tutus came off, and the athletes began to really strut their stuff!
The Hiplet Ballerinas combine classical ballet (en pointe, no less!) with hip-hop and modern dance. The result is totally unique, and we can’t get enough of their message of inclusivity for all!
Watch their stunning debut in the video below, and don’t forget to share this story to make someone smile.
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