See Misty Copeland Recreate Edgar Degas’ Iconic Ballerina Artwork

Misty Copeland created her own history as the first Black woman to be the American Ballet Theatre’s principal dancer. Now, America’s most famous ballerina is reinterpreting history by appearing in re-creations of French artist Edgar Degas’ historic works on ballerinas.

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Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland (1982- ), an American classical ballet dancer, in 2015 became the first Black American woman ever to become a principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre (ABT). That makes her one of the top ballerinas at one of the top classical ballet companies in the world! Mikhail Baryshnikov was a principal at ABT.

 

In the US, ballet is mainly seen as a White thing. Accordingly, many assume that rail-thin White women make the best ballerinas. But, as Copeland herself has shown, that comes from prejudice, not from the demands of the art.

 

Copeland did not start ballet till age 13. Many professionals start at age three. Yet she could do in months what took most girls years of practice.

 

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Misty Copeland and Brooklyn Mack to Dance “Swan Lake” at DC’s Kennedy Center on April 9

History will be made at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater on the evening of Thursday, April 9, when Misty Copeland, a soloist with the American Ballet Theatre, joins Brooklyn Mack of the Washington Ballet in a performance of Swan LakeCopeland and Mack, both African American, will go where no dancers of color have gone before. They will become the first African Americans to dance the leading roles of Odette/Odile and Prince Siegfried respectively in the traditional ballet.

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July Flashback: Roshon Fegan (Filipino/African American) [American]

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Known as: Actor, singer-songwriter, rapper, dancer, producer

TV: “Shake It Up”, “Dancing With The Stars”, “Disney 365″, “Camp Rock”

Movies: “Baby”, “Drillbit Taylor”, “Spider-Man 2″

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Mixed People Monday – Natassia Malthe

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The dancer, model, actress and spokesperson is half Norwegian and half Malaysian. Her mother is from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Natassia was born in Oslo, Norway.

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Mixed People Monday – Shakira

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The Colombian-born singer’s father is a Lebanese American immigrant and her mother is a native of Colombia but of Italian and Spanish descent.

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Howie Dorough (aka Howie D) (Puerto Rican/Irish) [American]

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Known as: Singer-Songwriter, Dancer, Musician, Entertainer, Actor, and Businessman (Member of the “Backstreet Boys”)

Music Videos: I Want It That Way, Lie to Me, Incomplete, As Long As You Love Me, Inconsolable, Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)

 
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