Congratulations to the Principal!!!

Today has been a great day in the world of dance. Misty Copeland has been named principal dancer for the American Ballet Theater.

I was able to meet Misty at my dance studio last year. She is so cool! I remember her telling us about all of the hard work and challenges of being a soloist. When she came to our studio, she was the third African-American soloist in the history of the American Ballet Theater. She also talked about her goal of being a principal dancer.  And now, she is the first African-American principal dancer in the 75 year history of the American Ballet Theater!  You can read about our meeting here. I also wrote about my dream to be like Misty one day here. Is it obvious I like her? Well I do. She’s one of my biggest inspirations. Ballet is the constant pursuit of perfection and Misty inspires me to strive to get better everyday….

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Here is one of the famous commercials she has done….

And yes, I still have her autographed books…Life in Motion Signautres

Ballet IS a Sport!!

There is a really cool commercial from Under Armour that’s been out a few months now.  It features one of my favorite dancers… Misty Copeland, of course!  The point of the commercial is that ballerinas come in all shapes and sizes and that ballet is a sport.  With all of the jumping, spinning, leaping, and specific technically proficient movements, ballet is the equivalent of a very disciplined sport.  Yes, it takes the grace of an artist, but it also takes the strength of an athlete.  Ballet dancers use so many muscles and spend most of their time on relevé (that means on our toes)!  One of my teachers, Ms. Erica, calls it “beauty controlled” because there is so much discipline in every movement.  If you don’t believe me, just watch the commercial below….Misty rocks!  And if she isn’t an athlete, then there is no such thing!

Ballet……….I will what I want!