Chicago-based Hiplet Ballerinas fuse classical pointe technique with African, Latin, Hip-Hop and urban dance styles rooted in communities of color.
Specially designed to make ballet more accessible, performances incorporate the rhythms of African drums with Tchaikovsky, arabesque and beat-boxing or even Tango en pointe--all while showcasing the company's trademark sass, hip movements and struts.
Promoting inclusivity in both their cast and audience, Hiplet features true-toned tights, modern music, and dancers of all shapes, sizes and color.
Since going viral in 2016 thanks to appearances on "Good Morning America" and Buzzfeed, the company has amassed more than a billion views on YouTube, starred in a feature documentary, made a cameo in Shawn Mendes' "Youth" music video and performed around the world.
If ballet aims for the ethereal, Hiplet is more concerned with earthiness. It has soulfulness too."