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Misty Copeland

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A Ballerina’s Tale, a documentary based on Misty Copeland, is set to be released in select theaters soon.  The film is based on her nearly career-ending injury as well as her struggles with body image and race as a ballerina.

Copeland was the only African-American ballet dancer at the American Ballet Theater for about 10 years.  She was then promoted to principal dancer of the ABT on June 30, 2015, and became the first African-American in the companies history to do so.  Copeland commented on why she felt her story needed to be heard stating, “But I also felt like this was an opportunity and a platform for me to share and educate people on African-American ballerinas that have existed for generations and generations.”

Copeland also commented that it is important for others to realize how hard it is to exist in the world of ballerina dance as a minority.  The documentary was directed by Nelson George, and will hit select theaters on October 14th.  You can read more about the documentary and see an exclusive interview with Copeland and George here.