From Steps to Strides: How Brown Girls Do Ballet Advances Equity in The Arts with TaKiyah WallaceGuilty Privilege

From Steps to Strides: How Brown Girls Do Ballet Advances Equity in The Arts with TaKiyah Wallace

In this episode of Guilty Privilege, Amber Cabral sits down with the incredible TaKiyah Wallace, a true multi-talent: an educator, a photographer, as well as the founder & executive director of Brown Girls Do Ballet. TaKiyah's journey has led her to create powerful opportunities for young dancers of color and challenge stereotypes in the arts, and today she’s bringing us along that journey.

Join Amber and TaKiyah as they dive into the fascinating world of Brown Girls Do Ballet, a nonprofit organization promoting diversity in ballet through scholarships, mentorship networks, and community programs. But it's not just about ballet; it's about creating spaces and opportunities that reflect the diverse communities they serve. TaKiyah and Amber discuss how representation matters and the importance of giving young girls exposure to the arts.

As for TaKiyah's privilege, she acknowledges the incredible magnetism for good things in her life. While she might occasionally feel guilty about it, she remains a positive force, using her privilege to create a better world through initiatives like Brown Girls Do Ballet. Tune in to discover how curiosity, determination, and a bit of "good thing magnetism" have shaped TaKiyah's extraordinary journey in advancing equity in the arts.


  • TaKiyah Wallace's diverse career journey from educator to photographer
  • The mission and inception of Brown Girls Do Ballet
  • The importance of representation in the arts and why diversity matters in classical ballet
  • Challenges faced by young dancers of color, including the need for diverse ballet attire
  • Brown Girls Do Ballet's impact, including over $44,000 in scholarships, pointe shoe programs, and dance initiatives
  • The youth-led aspect of the organization and the role of ambassadors in driving change
  • Equity discussions, dispelling stereotypes, and the significance of diversity in the arts
  • Upcoming events, including Brown Girls Do Ballet's first ball and TaKiyah's photography endeavors


“I am a magnet for good things.” - TaKiyah Wallace

“Inclusion doesn't include everybody all the time.” - Amber Cabral

“It's very hard for someone to be what they can't see.” - TaKiyah Wallace

“Privilege gives us an opportunity to show up and be impactful.” - Amber Cabral


TaKiyah Wallace

LinkedIn | @takiyahwallace

Instagram | @somesweetphoto

Get your own copy of The Color of Dance: A Celebration of Diversity and Inclusion in the World of Ballet by TaKiyah Wallace

Brown Girls Do Ballet

Instagram | @browngirlsdoballet


Amber Cabral

IG | @bamcabral

LinkedIn | @ambercabral

Facebook | @amber.cabral

Twitter | @BamCabral

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Just finished the first episode (whispers: via YouTube) and I was NOT ready for the conversation to end. So I came on over to the apple podcast streets to subscribe and listen again on my commute to work. While this is not the work I’m exclusively dedicated to, I want to increase awareness around equity so I can be more intentional in my practice personally and professionally. This conversation is an absolute resource that I have the PRIVILEGE (time) to tap into and I look forward to digging into new episodes every week.

Guilty Privilege

Great listen/watch. People really underrate how important emotional intelligence is in business. Hopefully more people will listen and utilize some of the information shared.
Guilty Privilege

This podcast provides a path to self-awareness in the most refreshing and engaging way. The conversations are so yummy (yes, yummy!) and they make me feel like I’m sitting on the sofa with Amber and her guests.

Guilty Privilege

I took away so much from this episode. The biggest is recognizing our true enemy. Also, equity is about choices. We have them and we can choose how to use our privilege.

Alaina Doyle
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