Name: Brooklyn Mack
Education: Pavlovich Dance School
Kirov Academy of Ballet
Occupation: Dancer with The Washington Ballet
His Story: Originally from Elgin, South Carolina, Brooklyn Mack first wanted to be a football player. But after learning how ballet could help his game, he told his mom he’d take ballet if she would take him to tryouts. After auditioning for the Pavlovich Dance School and receiving a full scholarship -- something that was unheard of at the time -- Brooklyn Mack never looked back. At the age of 15, Brooklyn began training in Washington, D.C., with the Kirov Academy of Ballet. After graduating, Brooklyn danced for several companies before finding his way back to D.C. and dancing with The Washington Ballet.
Making History: Brooklyn Mack is redefining what it means to be a black male ballet dancer. He has shattered stereotypes, received countless awards and made history with Misty Copeland as the first black leads in The Washington Ballet’s production of "Swan Lake." During his free time, Brooklyn travels the world dancing and working with different charities in an effort to inspire others to join dance too.