Carolina Ballet ballet master Debra Austin, center, watches her class for form and movement while teaching a five week summer intensive class of ballet students Friday, July 8, 2016 at the Carolina Ballet's Altlantic Avenue, Raleigh studios. Austin was the first African-American female to dance as a prinicipal for a major ballet company. Now retired, Austin, 60, has been the ballet master for the Carolina Ballet for the past 18 years.
Carolina Ballet ballet master Debra Austin, center, watches her class for form and movement while teaching a five week summer intensive class of ballet students Friday, July 8, 2016 at the Carolina Ballet's Altlantic Avenue, Raleigh studios. Austin was the first African-American female to dance as a prinicipal for a major ballet company. Now retired, Austin, 60, has been the ballet master for the Carolina Ballet for the past 18 years. Harry Lynch hlynch@newsobserver.com
Carolina Ballet ballet master Debra Austin, center, watches her class for form and movement while teaching a five week summer intensive class of ballet students Friday, July 8, 2016 at the Carolina Ballet's Altlantic Avenue, Raleigh studios. Austin was the first African-American female to dance as a prinicipal for a major ballet company. Now retired, Austin, 60, has been the ballet master for the Carolina Ballet for the past 18 years. Harry Lynch hlynch@newsobserver.com

Pioneering dancer proves her point(e)

July 13, 2016 6:26 PM