1990

Lauren Anderson is promoted to principal for the Houston Ballet

Lauren Anderson was promoted to a principal in 1990, becoming the first African American to do so at Houston Ballet. She is also one of the few African American ballerinas at the head of a major ballet company anywhere in the world.

Lauren Anderson trained exclusively at Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy starting at the age of seven. She joined Houston Ballet in 1983 as a corps de ballet member, was promoted to soloist in 1987, and in 1990 became the first African American to be promoted to principal dancer at Houston Ballet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source:

Pioneering dancer proves her point(e), The News & Observer


Other Happenings in 1990

Ballet/Dance History

Jan 4: Annie 2 premieres on Broadway.
Feb 2: ABT premieres Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs.
Apr 28: A Chorus Line, the longest-running musical in Broadway history, closes after 6,137 performances.
May 1: Gerald Arpino submits his resignation as artistic director of Joffrey Ballet in a company power struggle and a day later, prohibits the performance of his ballets and those belonging to the estate of Robert Joffrey.

American History

Jun 1: US President George H.W. Bush and his Soviet counterpart Mikhail Gorbachev sign a treaty to eliminate chemical weapon production and begin the destruction of both nations’ current inventory.
Jun 7: Universal Studios Florida opens to the public.
Sept 9: Ellis Island reopens as an immigration museum.
Nov 6: Sharon Pratt Kelly is elected Mayor of the District of Columbia, becoming the first Black woman to head a major US city.

World History

Feb 11: Nelson Mandela is released from prison in South Africa and becomes the leader of the ANC.
Aug 2: Iraq invades Kuwait, leading to 1991 Gulf War.
Aug 12: In South Africa, fighting breaks out between the Xhosa people and the Zulu people.
Nov 28: Margaret Thatcher resigns from her position as Prime Minister in the United Kingdom.

Arts & Sciences

Mar 18: 13 works of art were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.
Apr 24: The Hubble Telescope is placed into orbit by the United States Space Shuttle Discovery.
Jun 7: Nickelodeon Studios open.
Aug 12: “Sue,” the best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex specimen ever found, is discovered near Faith, South Dakota by Sue Hendrickson.
Nov 1: Ebony magazine celebrates its 45th anniversary.

Human & Civil Rights

Jan 13: Douglas Wilder is elected as the first African American governor of Virginia.
May 22: The Americans with Disabilities Act is passed by congress.
Nov 22: President Bush vetoes the Civil Rights Act of 1990, claiming that it would impose quotas for employers.

Sports

Feb 11: Buster Douglas defeats Mike Tyson by a knockout in round 10 to win the world’s unified heavyweight title, in what many consider boxing’s biggest upset ever.
Mar 28: Michael Jordan scores a career-best 69 points in the Bulls’ 117-113 overtime win against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Apr 2: The UNLV Runnin’ Rebels basketball team defeats the Duke Blue Devils men’s basketball team, winning the 1990 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament.
By 1990, Venus Williams is the top-ranked female player under 12 in Southern California.

Source:

Joffrey Ballet History, Los Angeles Times

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