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Many of you have been inspired and thrilled by Misty Copeland’s promotion as prima ballerina for the prestigious American Ballet Theatre.  
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This is part 2 on Misty Copeland’s “Breaking the Glass Ceiling”.   
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Over the last few years, a lot of companies have taken the time to market to a strong, independent, and empowered woman. The latest to join their ranks is Under Armour, athletic apparel that, until recently, was most readily associated with professional football players (you know, those tight, white tees). But, “I Will What I Want,” Under Armour’s most expansive global women’s marketing campaign, aims to change its more masculine image. The campaign features U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team player Kelley O’Hara and American Ballet Theatre’s prima ballerina Misty Copeland.
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 I WILL WHAT I WANT
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Misty’s Under Armour commercial has generated more 10 million views.  Most people are in awe at the strength and will power of ballerinas especially after they see a performance.
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Misty Copeland has conquered much in her 33 years of life. From overcoming a troubled childhood to making history as the first ever African-American woman to be named principal dancer of the prestigious American Ballet Theater, you would almost never guess that the prima ballerina was once crippled by severe issues with body image. 

In her new documentary, A Ballerina’s Tale, Copeland gets honest about her once-uneasy relationship with food. “I was overeating because I felt so bad about myself,” she admits.  Misty goes on to explain that her binge-eating served as the catalyst for two larger problems: a deflated self-esteem and a momentary career meltdown. 

“I didn’t want to stare at myself in the mirror,” she reveals. “I didn’t even want to come to class in the morning.” .
Misty Copeland mentors identical twins Shaakir 
and Naazir Muhammad to become ballet dancers  
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60 Minutes correspondent Bill Whitaker heard the story of the Misty Copeland’s childhood of how a dance teacher took a teenage Misty under her wing, took her in her home, and changed her life.  Misty Copeland’s American Ballet Theatre principal ballerina is “Fierce”

What Whitaker didn’t expect to hear was that Copeland, now a principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, is doing something similar for two teenage boys from Brooklyn — identical twins Shaakir and Naazir Muhammad.

​Released September 2014
Synopsis
Amazon.com

In her debut picture book, Misty Copeland tells the story of a young girl–and every girl–whose confidence is fragile and who is questioning her own ability to reach the heights that Misty has reached. Misty encourages this young girl’s faith in herself and shows her exactly how, through hard work and dedication, she too can become Firebird.

Lyrical and affecting text paired with bold, striking illustrations that are some ofCaldecott Honoree Christopher Myers’s best work, makes Firebird perfect foraspriring ballerinas everywhere.

NCM Blog
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November 29, 2015
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Released March 2014

Bonjour!
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Camille
Tea & Opera series, founder
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