Since being promoted to principle of ABT Misty Copeland has become something of a household name. Her Under Armour ad boosted her fame and there is even a film coming out about her, A Ballerina's Tale.
She has been one of my inspirations for a while now for many reasons, but the main one doesn't have anything to do with ballet. It's because she doesn't fit the mould.
We have all stood out for the wrong and the right reasons, and Misty is so inspiring as she stands out in so many ways, but never stops proving that she deserves everything she has. As someone training for a career in dance, she is an amazing person to look up to as I know that you don't have to fit in to be brilliant and to get to where you want to go.
She also has a philosophy of bringing dance to unlikely audiences. I feel strongly that the arts are not shown under enough of a spotlight and don't engage enough people. Maybe Misty Copeland will be remembered as someone who helped to change that. Her unique experiences and background are very different to the stereotypical ballerina, which is one of the reasons she is such a brilliant dancer.
As a latecomer to ballet and someone whose body also doesn't fit the traditional mould, I hope to follow in her footsteps!
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