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Precious Adams, English National Ballet

Precious Adams made headlines in 2011 when she moved to Moscow to study with the Bolshoi Ballet, one of the oldest and foremost ballet institutions in the world.

As the sole brown face in the academy, Precious encountered fierce discrimination. Regularly passed over for performances, one teacher even encouraged her to “try to rub the Black off.”

Precious persevered, becoming one of the first African-American ballerinas to graduate from the school. Armed with superior technique and classic lines, she has since taken the ballet world by storm.

She accepted an invitation to dance with the English National Ballet in London and received two top prizes at the 2014 Prix De Lausanne.

The Michigan native has studied ballet in renown institutions throughout the world, including the National Ballet School in Toronto and  The Princess Grace Academy in Monte Carlo. So not only does she do a mean pirouette, but she can speak French and Russian too.

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