Conference Bliss: Misty Copeland

This Halloween was like no other – that’s because I spent it at the ballet. I had the pleasure of seeing Misty Copeland, American Ballet Theater’s first African American woman to be promoted to principal dancer in the company’s 75-year history, perform at Lincoln Center.

She was exquisite. As I watched her glide through the air, I was deeply moved. Mainly because I am well-aware of all that she had to endure to get to where she is now. I saw the documentary film, A Ballerina’s Tale, a few weeks ago. Her story is one marked with rejection, set-backs and let downs. However, it is crowned with accomplishments.

Copeland recently sat down with the film’s director, Nelson George and Gayle King to discuss her journey. Take a look and be inspired:


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