Go Sista! Ballerina Sets Record as the First Black Female Soloist at the American Ballet Theatre
Almost every day, there is a story that perpetuates and reinforces negative stereotypes and ideas about Black women. Many young girls are exposed to these images and they become so normative that these young ladies emulate what they see. Whether it is reality TV shows or music videos, positive images of Black women in popular culture are hard to find. The reality is that there is no such thing as a monolithic Black woman and Misty Copeland is proof of that.
Misty Copeland is a young woman who is defying stereotypes and taking the ballet industry by storm. The beautiful and graceful Black ballerina is also making history. At the age of 30, Misty Copeland is the first black female in over 20 years to be a soloist at the American Ballet Theatre. Her journey is an inspirational one that emphasizes her tenacity and her unwillingness to give up and quit. [Continue reading at Naturally Moi.]
Ashley Murphy of Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ebony Williams of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, and Misty Copeland of the American Ballet Theatre cover the June / July 2014 issue of Pointe magazine to voice their struggle of achieving notoriety in the dace world as professional ballerinas of color.
Ok, can we take a moment to appreciate what an incredible friend and artist my friend Sydney is. She painted this herself for me for Christmas, and has kept totally quiet about it until now. She’s been painting it for MONTHS, and her mom estimated she worked about 80 or 90 hours on it total. There are 37 different Broadway shows represented, including all of my favorites. It is also important to note that she has very little interest in Broadway herself, and spent months listening to me ramble about it and secretly taking notes on all my favorite shows. The detail is incredible and these photos don’t really do it justice and I am a little bit overwhelmed by it all right now :)
We’re thrilled to announce the launch of our new Live Who You Are ad campaign, shot by the incredible Annie Leibovitz. Each day, we’ll be releasing one new ad here as our “10am Special”, and give you an inside look at how our ad subjects live who they are.
Soloist, American Ballet Theatre® Upper West Side, New York gracefully proportioned
For leading soloist Misty Copeland, home is a stage on which to express herself. At Corcoran, we’ve learned to keep in step with your desires. Because only by getting to know what moves you can we ensure we find you the place that has you dancing on air. #livewhoyouare