From example comes inspiration. Leah Monet Simpson, protege of the famed American Ballet Theatre dancer Misty Copeland, has opened up her own dance studio in Florida.
This past week has be jammed with news of Pompeii looters, a museum of the future, ballerina life coaches, Pablo Neruda's maybe murder and a self-destructing James Patterson book.
Be it classical music, jazz, theater and dance or even art, film or literature, news still gets packed fresh and tight here at "Classicalite." So, we have some leftover headlines. To wit, in order to keep our readers abreast of each of those arts, "C-lite" has compiled the best headlines — those stories, those people ... those URLs getting clicked. Here, then, is "Classicalite's" In Case You Missed It:
Misty Copeland recently spoke to "Business Insider" about what it takes to survive in the dance world, how she keeps herself disciplined and how her life is not really like Darren Aronofsky's 2010 psychological thriller "Black Swan." “With the ballet world, you have to have a certain type of personality to succeed,” Copeland said. “You have to push yourself beyond what a normal person in there everyday life would not want to do — physically, mentally and emotionally.” Copeland has become more then a ballerina. She is now a public figure. 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. When asked about "Black Swan," she said her life is nothing like the film. Like any other professional athlete, she has a rigorous training schedule in addition to her daily performances in "The Nutcracker."
Dance Magazine will honor American Ballet Theatre soloist Misty Copeland at the 57th annual Dance Magazine awards.
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.