Iconic ballerina Misty Copeland made history when she became the first African-American woman to be named principal dancer of the legendary American Ballet Theater. Get the incredible, behind-the-scenes story of how she overcame a tumultuous upbringing and near career-ending injuries to become one of the most revered dancers of her generation. More than just a ballet success story, Copeland’s journey is a hugely inspirational, universal tale of perseverance.
“I’ma Black Dancer, that’s who I am … it’s so much a part of my story,” says Copeland. “I first disocvered ballet at 13, I had no exposure to it. I didn’t fit the mold based on my body type, pedigree and background, I should not have been a part of one of the world’s greatest ballet companies.”
But she was, and with the lack of diversity in ballet Misty Copeland changed everything.
” [Growing up] I don’t think the classical ballet world will ever accept me,” Copeland reveals. ” I’m Black, I have a large chest, I’m muscular.”
And then she faced physical challenges like a stress fracture, that no one expected her to come back from … but she did.
“I felt like I was going to let down so many people,” Copeland says in the movie. When she realized she could represent something even bigger, it became less about herself and more about what she could do to change the world.
“Through movement I found my calling, through ballet I found my voice,” she says.
Directed by Nelson George, this film is a must-see. Inspiring to little girls who dare to dream, but all of us as well.