At just 12 years old, South Carolina native Brooklyn Mack made a deal with his mother that would change his life forever. In exchange for her allowing him to tryout for the football team, he would also take ballet classes with the goal of improving his game.
Now, at 28 years old, the 5-foot-10 isn’t on any NFL team’s roster, he is his fifth season as a Principal Dancer with The Washington Ballet and has found international fame in his craft, breaking down racial barriers in ballet one perfectly formed pirouette at a time.
Prior to joining The Washington Ballet, Mack spent three seasons as a principal dancer with Orlando Ballet. He has performed internationally at Ballet Clasico de Camara with Nina Novak in Venezuela, Latvian National Ballet, NBA Ballet Company in Japan and many others.
In 2012, Mack became the first African-American man to win gold at the most notable ballet competition in the world, the International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria, making black history current day.