TaKiyah Wallace-McMillian 

Founder & Executive Director, Brown Girls Do Ballet 

Filmmaker: Lowtown Studios 


The movement that TaKiyah Wallace-McMillian ignited began with a humble desire: to open a door for her daughter. Now, Brown Girls Do Ballet is a non-profit organization that promotes diversity in classical ballet. They have partner studios around the country, mentorships, scholarships and resources for parents. TaKiyah has now opened doors for thousands of girls and boys around the country, breaking the traditional mold of ballet and changing the face of dance. 


Rapid-fire Q&A with TaKiyah: 

What is your title and place of employment?  

Founder & Executive Director of Brown Girls Do Ballet Inc. 


What are your favorite Fort Worth restaurants?  

Carpenter's Cafe for breakfast, Stephanie's Jamaican Kitchen for Lunch. 


What is your favorite place to take visitors in Fort Worth?  

I think it's customary to take new visitors to the Stockyards but I love taking folks to the Modern Art Museum. It's a magical place inside and out. 


What is your favorite place to enjoy the outdoors in Fort Worth?  

The Trailhead at Clearfork, perfect mix of outdoor activities and cute places to grab a snack after. 


What is your favorite place to listen to music in Fort Worth?  

Love the DJ sets at Hotel Dryce, always a good time. 


What do you think visitors will find unexpected about Fort Worth? 

I think Fort Worth has a reputation for being small but it's a huge city with great people!