Breaking Barriers in Ballet – Misty Copeland, Upcoming Film, & “The Misty Effect”

This past February, Misty Copeland’s rise in the American Ballet Theater (ABT) was shown in  “A Ballerina’s Tale”.  The PBS documentary, produced by Nelson George, follows her climb from age 13, when she first took on ballet, to now. It even captures her moment as the first black woman to be named principal dancer at ABT.

I think that people think that sometimes I focus too much on the fact that I am a black dancer. There’s never been a black principal woman at the Royal Ballet, at the Paris Opera Ballet, at the Kirov Ballet, in the top companies in the world, in New York City Ballet, … in New York City.  I don’t think people realize what a feat it is, being a black woman.  But that is so much who I am, and I think it’s so much a part of my story. ~Misty Copeland in “A Ballerina’s Tale”

Many viewers (including myself) were awed and inspired by documentary.

Misty Copeland may be coming to big screen:

Well in case you missed it, Copeland’s story may be coming to the big screen soon. According to Deadline, New Line had just acquired the Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina autobiography of Misty Copeland.  There is no word yet on who will be playing the ballerina or when the film will start production. However, the screenwriter will be Gregory Allen Howard, whose credits include Remember the Titans and Ali.

the Misty COPELAND Effect:

What’s more? Copeland’s rise in ballet has led to a diversification of audiences called “The Misty Effect.”

“The Misty Effect” describes the unprecedented impact Copeland has on people who are either experiencing ballet for the first time, or they’re gaining a new appreciation for the art because of Copeland’s contributions.

As a magical black ballerina, Copeland stands as a symbol of excellence for countless people of color who look to her as an endless well of motivation and empowerment. For that reason, many black families travel to the Lincoln Center in New York City to see her in action during her rendition of the iconic, “Swan Lake.” – The Huffington Post


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  1. Lulu says:

    I can’t believe she started at the age of thirteen. I’m fourteen and I really want to start ballet. This gives me hope.

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