Misty Copeland stands at only 5ft 2inches which may be considered small for a ballerina. However, her influence of positivity and strength is anything but small. She is one of my heroes in learning to maximize your potential, dreaming big for others and going after life with a fierce tenacity all while staying grateful and humble.
She dances with an expansiveness and fluidity of motion that reminds you of a burning flame. Her movements give you the impression that she is 6ft tall. Her mentality and movements are a far cry from small.
This summer, Misty became the first African-American female principal of American Ballet Theater and made a Broadway debut in the musical “On the Town.”
I had the chance to meet her in person after an ABT’s World Premiere of “Sleeping Beauty Ballet” performance. She met me with such grace and kindness. It seems that her accomplishments don’t define her but her character does.
Misty’s documentary “A Ballerina’s Tale” will be released on October 14th. For those that live on the West Coast Misty will be performing in American Ballet Theater’s production of the Nutcracker Ballet at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Her specific performances are on Wednesday, December 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, December 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Another ballerina who in an inspiration is Misa Kuranaga who is a principal ballerina for the Boston Ballet at only 5’1.
Let your story be filled with gratitude for your individuality and leaps of splendid joy in celebrating life’s big adventures!