Geoffery Holder was a theater and dance fixture beginning in the early 1950's. His stunning art work has often been compared to that of Paul Gauguin. In 1955, Carmen de Lavallade appeared with Holder in "House of Flowers" and they married shortly after and spent 59 years working and creating until Holder's death in 2014.
The documentary is a bit heavy on the Holder side, and the dance sequences featuring de Lavallade could have been much longer. Still, a wonderful look at two giants of dance.
After watching it, I pulled Brenda Dixon Gottschild's The Black Dancing Body off the shelf. The book looks at race, racism, body image, body language, and stereotypes in dance and how they echo and comment on racism in society as a whole.
Copeland is like a rock star, mobbed every time she walks out the stage door. She is, for many young girls, the corporeal realization of what can be. Even as a dancer, Copeland speaks eloquently about seeing black dancers on film and weeping as they were dancers she never knew existed.
One hopes that with the Netfixification of culture, films like A Ballerina's Tale as well as Carmen & Geoffery will have a much wider audience and all little girls and boys can envision themselves dancing... or what ever they want to do.