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Over the course of the eminent project, I didn’t use that many sites, however I will give you the ones I used.


Misty Copeland

This website is very good. It has good information on her life and repertoire. It also had great pictures and allowed for contact. I used this website mainly however I paired it with her Wikipedia page to cross check and expand.

Misty Copeland Wikipedia

I used this website along side the site above. I used it mainly for cross referencing facts, however I also learned more about her home life and things that weren’t publicized on her official site.

ESPN Interview

This article helped me to learn a lot about how Misty felt being the only African- American. It gave me a lot of incite to how she viewed things and it brought up items in which I later looked in to.

American Ballet Theatre

This site is the official site of the American Ballet Theatre. I used it to look at the dancers there as well as look into their education and training programs. I used the sub sites within this site.

Pointe Magazine

This article was helpful as it gave incite into some of the hidden exclusions of todays companies. It didn’t really assist me in furthering my project but it was good basis information.

Body Image: Understanding Body Dissatisfaction in Men, Women and Children

While this book didn’t help me with my project per-say, it gave me a lot of basic information on peoples’ perceptions of themselves and how the paradigm within which they live affects how they see themselves.

And Finally Bunheads

This book is a book of fiction, however the author was a professional dancer in the New York Ballet for 9 years. I can imagine that this book is based on things she saw within the company, if not experienced herself. This book sparked inspiration for my project as it should me hidden things that happened within a company and opened my eyes to the fact that body acceptance within companies isn’t necessarily put aside when you get your foot in the door. Also an amazing read for any dancer.

Well those are the main sources I used on this project. Hopefully they help someone.

Eminent Introductory Post: Misty Copeland

misty portraitMisty Copeland is the 3rd ever African-American¬†female soloist at the American Ballet Theatre (ABT).¬† She has 5 siblings and a mom. Growing up with very little money, she started ballet at 13 at a Girls and Boys club in LA. Instantly, she was marked as a prodigy. In 3 months, she was en pointe. 8 months after starting, Misty performed Clara, the main female in the Nutcracker, with the San Pedro Dance Center. 2 years after starting ballet, she was awarded first place at the Los Angeles Spotlight Awards. As she matured, Misty grew out of the traditional ballet shape. She developed bigger feet, more muscular legs and a larger bust. Despite this, Misty was accepted into the ABT’s corps de ballet at the age of 19. At the age of 24, she was promoted to the rank of soloist. She was the first African-American female soloist in 20 years, and the last African-American male soloist that had been with the company had left the year before. Over the years, Misty has performed many roles including Firebird in The Firebird, Lead Harlot in Romeo and Juliet and the Fairy of Valor in The Sleeping Beauty. At the beginning of this year, Misty became a sponsored athlete with Under Armour. She is now a part of the “I Will What I Want” campaign run by them.

Misty Copeland and I are not the same race or class and whether or not we are of the same religious faith is irrelevant. However, we aremisty c dance both females and we both are ballet dancers (granted she is much, much better than I am). We also have limitations within our genetic make-up that cause difficulty in making it professionally. While hers is her race, mine is my lack of natural turn-out and my bone structure. In the world of professional ballet, women are forced to fit a certain cookie cutter outline or they get cut out. Ballerinas worry about their weight and size, freaking out if they are busty enough to be wearing a bra at 19, 20, up to even 25 or 30. I want to use this project to help me understand why society cares so much about how we look and how we are built.

I know I would never be able to be a professional ballerina. I’m too wide, too busty, too tall, my pelvis naturally tilts forwards, my hips are physically turned in and I have practically no turn-out. On top of that I am naturally very inflexible and have slightly weak feet. Though most of these limitations are things I can’t control, I’m still categorized as not good enough. And though I don’t dance professionally, these limitations come into play in my every day classes to a certain extent.

misty poseAs I said, I want to know why these limitations matter to society and to the world of professionals. I want to use Misty Copeland’s experience as an African-American and someone that comes from a very low class to explore not only why they supposedly matter but how we can beat and escape these cookie cutters set by society.