Death of a breakthrough ballerina, 83main
Raven Wilkinson, whose death has been reported, was the first African-American to join a manor international company when she signed with Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in 1955.
After six years with the company, five of them as soloist, she auditioned and was turned down by New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet.
After a stint working in a department store, she found a niche with Dutch National Ballet. In 1974, she joined New York City Opera.