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Ballerina rock star Misty Copeland appears in the upcoming Rick Burns documentary, American Ballet Theatre at 75, in honor of the prestigious classical ballet company’s 75th anniversary year.

Copeland, a soloist in the company, joined in 2007 as just the third African-American female soloist in its 75-year history. It was a lifelong dream realized for the 32-year-old talent.

“ABT was the very first ballet company I saw live. I saw Paloma Herrera and Angel Corella dance ‘Don Quixote,’ and I was sold,” Copeland told journalists Monday at the TCA Press Tour.

The San Pedro, Calif. has spoken at length about how her family’s financial limitations kept her out of ballet until age 13, some 10 years after most preeminent ballerinas begin their training. Also, puberty caused her frame to blossom beyond ABT’s preferred boyish body type.

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source: BlackAmericaWeb.com

Ballerina Misty Copeland: ‘I Will Push For Diversity As Long As I Live’  was originally published on praisecleveland.com