Misty Copeland is a continuing force behind that idea that, if you follow your dreams, nothing is impossible. To wit, the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival will debut filmmaker Nelson George’s documentary on the trailblazing dancer, entitled 'A Ballerina’s Tale.' Other films debuting include a curious documentary on the iconic Mary J. Blige.
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.
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.
Classcialite has covered the enchanting American Ballet Theater soloist ballerina Misty Copeland extensively, from her infamous Under Armour campaign commercial, to her writing endeavors by way of a memoir and forthcoming bio-pic — followed by a children’s book — on up to her debut as the lead in "Swan Lake."
Misty Copeland recently sat down with the TODAY show to talk about her Brisbane debut as Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, her children’s book Firebird and her ongoing struggle to fit in as an African-American ballerina.
Under Armour’s 'I Will What I Want' advert with Misty Copeland could easily be the first teaser for forthcoming movie based on Copeland’s memoir 'Life In Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina.'
Following a more recent debate, ballet still may or may not be considered a sport. And yet, ballet has a larger problem at hand in dealing with race and, if you couldn't tell, self-image. Katherine Brooks writes in the Huffington Post, "Take one look at the dance landscape of the world's most popular ballet companies and it's not difficult to see that white men and women dominate the field."
As part of their new 'I Will What I Want' campaign geared towards female athletes, Baltimore's Under Armour has released a commercial featuring American Ballet Theater soloist Misty Copeland assigning a confident Y-E-S to the ongoing debate of whether or not ballet is, in fact, a sport.