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Misty Copeland

There's No One Reason To Dance. In Fact, Here Are 39 Of Them

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 12.18.2014 | Arts

"To dance is to be out of yourself," Agnes de Mille famously proclaimed. "Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power, it is glory on earth a...

Complexions Contemporary Ballet Collaborates With Terence Blanchard to Celebrate 20 Years

Karim Orange | Posted 11.25.2014 | Arts
Karim Orange

This program consists of repertory favorites and three premieres. Included in the lineup, are appearances featuring special guest artists, including co-founder Desmond Richardson and American Ballet Theatre's Misty Copeland.

Ballerina Of Our Dreams Misty Copeland Is Getting A Reality Show

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 11.20.2014 | Arts

Reality television junkies with a passion for ballet that challenges the status quo, we know you're out there and we bear good news. Misty Copeland, t...

EBONY To Honor Top 100 Black Influencers Of 2014

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 11.20.2014 | Black Voices

Ebony Magazine has a history of celebrating influential African Americans. As usual, the magazine's annual 'Power 100' list of standout figures in...

Misty Copeland Talks Fashion, Memoir and Body Image

Mary Alice Franklin | Posted 11.10.2014 | Arts
Mary Alice Franklin

It's quite overwhelming to be in the presence of someone who crushes multiple stereotypes, and does it with grace. Misty Copeland is African American. She does not have the typical "ballerina's body." She didn't have access to classical ballet early in life, so she began dancing "late" -- at age 13.

An Unlikely Ballerina, The Rise Of Misty Copeland

The New Yorker | Rivka Galchen | Posted 09.16.2014 | Black Voices

On a recent August afternoon, near Nineteenth Street, two young girls with blond hair pulled back in ponytails ran past me, one of them calling out, ...

Ballerina Misty Copeland: No, All Black Women Don't Have The Same Body

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 09.11.2014 | Black Voices

Misty Copeland knows criticism is part of being a ballerina, but she's sick of the criticism focusing on things she can't change. In support of her...

Bringing Body Love Into Dance Class: A New Way of Teaching

Amanda Trusty | Posted 10.29.2014 | Arts
Amanda Trusty

Stand up straight. Pull your belly button in and up. Your stomach is sticking out. Pull it in. Don't be lazy. Suck it in. Tuck your booty under. Pull up. Chin high. Belly in. Squeeze the tushy.

We're Already So Excited For Misty Copeland's Movie And It Hasn't Been Made Yet

The Huffington Post | Jamie Feldman | Posted 08.15.2014 | Style

It's another good day for Misty Copeland fans.The awe-inspiring ballerina, who most recently wowed us with one truly amazing Under Armour commercial, ...

Inspiration From Misty and Under Armour: Are You Willing to Have What You Want?

Tiffany Crawford | Posted 10.08.2014 | Women
Tiffany Crawford

Often times in life it may "seem" as the odds are against you. It may seem like the cards are stacked against your favor. They are the moments that prepare you for what's to come. They prepare you for the message you are to share and the hearts you are to inspire.

17 Ballet Icons Who Are Changing The Face Of Dance Today

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 08.07.2014 | Arts

Ballet has long suffered from a diversity problem. "Classical ballet celebrates pale princesses and fair swans," Olivia Goldhill and Sarah Marsh wrote...

Thank You, Under Armour

Liz Olson | Posted 10.01.2014 | Women
Liz Olson

I just fell in love with ballerina Misty Copeland. And Under Armour.

Misty Copeland's Under Armour Ad Is Like Nothing You've Ever Seen

The Huffington Post | Jamie Feldman | Posted 08.01.2014 | Style

We've been anxiously awaiting Misty Copeland's first commercial for Under Armour ever since we learned that the American Ballet Theatre soloist signed...

La Bayadère at the Met: The Russians Invade

Carla Escoda | Posted 07.30.2014 | Arts
Carla Escoda

This week Ballet to the People settled into the Met for three back-to-back performances by a beloved ABT veteran, a 22-year-old Bolshoi sensation and an established star of the Mariinsky Ballet.

LOOK: These Black Ballerinas Are On 'Pointe'

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 05.02.2014 | Black Voices

These women are the definition of fierce. The electric Misty Copeland is joined by fellow professional ballerinas Ashley Murphy and Ebony Williams...

Julee Wilson

Proof That 'Brown Girls Do Ballet' Too

HuffingtonPost.com | Julee Wilson | Posted 04.18.2014 | Black Voices

Every little girl wants to be a ballerina at some point in their life, right? Well, I was definitely one of them. My love for the elegant dance form w...

Misty Copeland Proves Ballerinas Are Bad-Ass Athletes Too

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 01.31.2014 | Black Voices

Under Armour's campaigns are usually packed with professional athletes flexing their physiques in the brand's premium sportswear -- not the likes of p...

Parenting the World on Body Image

Sarah Draugelis | Posted 03.19.2014 | Women
Sarah Draugelis

Specifically among dancers, there is a tremendous amount of pressure to look good. That is our job. So there is often a harrowing potential for an obsession with comparison, image, and consequently, a "false celebration of the self," as choreographer Breton Tyner-Bryan puts it.

WATCH: Misty Copeland Teams Up With Coach

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 12.18.2013 | Black Voices

We love a good collaboration -- so when we discovered that professional ballerina Misty Copeland and Coach had teamed up, we just had to share. No...

On the "A" w/Souleo: Ballet Star Misty Copeland Filming New Doc, A Ballerina's Tale

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 02.12.2014 | Arts
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

In 2007, Copeland made history by becoming the third black female soloist at the American Ballet Theatre and has maintained a high profile performing with recording artist, Prince and receiving praise from major magazines. Still she is focused on shattering even more barriers in her field.

ABT's Misty Copeland Talks to Vogue Italia About Being a "Black Ballerina"

Robyn Carolyn Price | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Robyn Carolyn Price

One of the quandaries of being a black ballerina is that people never stop talking about it. Every single article is peppered with references to the rarity of your position, the novelty of being a black woman pirouetting alongside a bevy of white swans.

Rhonesha Byng

Exclusive Look At The Cover Of Misty Copeland's Memoir

HuffingtonPost.com | Rhonesha Byng | Posted 09.24.2013 | Black Voices

Hitting store shelves March 4, ballerina Misty Copeland's upcoming memoir, "Life In Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina" delves into her unique story of adv...

What's Ballet Been Up To?: Clicking Like, Filling Seats and What's to Come

Rainesford Alexandra | Posted 11.24.2013 | Arts
Rainesford Alexandra

In a time when most people would rather text and twerk than see a live classical performance, companies and dancers around the world are growing more innovative in the pursuit of a connection with their audience.

Initiative Launches To Develop More Black Ballerinas

The Huffington Post | Rhonesha Byng | Posted 09.24.2013 | Black Voices

Misty Copeland was discovered by a combination of luck, talent and being in the right place at the right moment. One afternoon while at the Boys a...

Misty's On A Mission

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 07.23.2013 | Black Voices

Being the first black female soloist for the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) in over 20 years takes a tremendous amount of talent, hard work, determinat...