Misty Copeland: defying the barriers of ballet

As a child, Misty Copeland was told she ‘did not have the right body’ to be a ballerina.

Coming to ballet at the relatively late age of 13, Misty had to overcome many disadvantages – not least being  African American, and from a poor, single parent family.

However, through a combination of talent, perseverence and the guidance of some wonderful mentors, Misty Copeland has soared to the top of her profession. In this interview with Glamour Magazine, she talks about her journey and encourages other young dancers to pursue their dreams.

In June 2015, Misty became the first African American woman to be promoted to principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre.


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