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Elgin native Brooklyn Mack follows his dreams
Brooklyn Mack
Brooklyn Mack and Misty Copeland of The Washington Ballet performing Swan Lake. They are the first African-American duo to dance the lead roles. - photo by media4artists Theo Kossenas
At first, Brooklyn Mack just wanted to play football, but his tendency to seek perfection would lead the Elgin native into the competitive world of international ballet. In April, Mack was a part of the first duo of African-American dancers to perform the lead roles in Swan Lake with a major dance company. Before earning the role, Mack amassed other honors such as the senior gold medal at the Varna International Ballet Competition in Varna Bulgaria (2012) and the 2011 Korean International Dance Competition’s Silver Medal.