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Famous Ballerina Misty Copeland Scores Dance Reality Series on Oxygen

By Jaime Prisco j.prisco@classicalite.com on Dec 03, 2014 12:59 PM EST

Misty Copeland, one of the first ballet dancers to cross over into mainstream success, is now going to be a reality star. Oxygen has announced a new series, prospectively titled The Misty Copeland Project, where the 32-year-old ballerina will mentor aspiring dancers in New York City.

The show will focus on talented hopefuls from diverse backgrounds who come to New York to take the next major step in their ballet career and train with the talented Copeland.

“With the opportunity of a lifetime and chance to catapult to the top of the ballet world, these aspiring dancers's passion, commitment and hard work will be center stage in Misty's master class," reads the network's press release.

This is just another step on Copeland's rise to the top. Still reeling from her widely successful Under Armour campaign, Copeland defied the odds by becoming the second black woman to become a soloist with the American Ballet Theatre.

Getting to this point, however, was not easy. Copeland, who only began taking ballet lessons at 13, was heavily criticized for her not-so-average ballet body. With a full bust and curvy waistline, Copeland is the perfect spokeswoman for achieving your dreams even when they seem impossible. This attitude and her powerful yet graceful dancing have all played a part in her journey to becoming the most famous ballerina of our time.

During December, Copeland will be playing the coveted role of Clara in the American Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker. An air date for the new reality show has not yet been announced.

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