Ballez is lesbians doing ballet. AND Ballez is not just lesbians, it’s all the queers that ballet has left out.
Ballez welcomes the outcasts that have always been ballet’s muses; those whose identities have been a part of ballet, but were forced into the shadows. In the margins, we have still communicated who we are through the study and mastery of ballet’s coded gendered gestures, and we know how to dance our identities, and subversively change our genre. It’s time for us to step into the spotlight, to demand that the form of ballet defy its racist, cishetero patriarchal lineage, and embrace the vitality and powerful life force of positive, inclusive change.
Begun in 2011 by genderqueer lesbian choreographer Katy Pyle, Ballez has grown to include a broad community of dancers, audiences, and change-makers. Ballez happens in classes, in grand performances, and in conversations through media outlets that reach millions. Ballez is influencing ballet; changing it from the inside out.