Misty Copeland – the modern face of classical ballet
On the plane on the way to New York (where I am now, full of Thanksgiving dinner and enjoying the crisp cool and the yellow cabs), I watched a documentary: a day in the life of Misty Copeland, ballerina with the …
On the plane on the way to New York (where I am now, full of Thanksgiving dinner and enjoying the crisp cool and the yellow cabs), I watched a documentary: a day in the life of Misty Copeland, ballerina with the American Ballet Theatre. Copeland is the first African American ballerina to be accepted to the American Ballet Theatre, and says she has dreams of being the first African American principal with ABT – her newfound role as an inspiration to young African American girls studying ballet and dreaming of making it big is one she takes really seriously.
Copeland’s motivation isn’t one that I necessarily personally identify with; fortunately or unfortunately (however you look at it), I’ve never had the experience of being a minority, or of finding myself – my body, my skin colour, my looks – without any familiar role models to identify with on television, in music or in popular culture. But the way Copeland speaks about having a dream when there were no Black women to look up to – is hard not to be inspired by.
On a more shallow note, Copeland is the best body inspiration I’ve seen in so long - her figure is absolutely incredible, and the movement of her muscles is a joy to behold. It’s one of those “wow” moments when you realise the potential of the human body, and I will definitely be using Copeland as inspiration to get back into fitness and start looking after my body. (Please discount all of those Thanksgiving dinner images I put in your mind earlier!)
If you want to watch Misty Copeland’s Day in the Life, check it out here.