Misty Copeland, a classical ballet Dancer who on June 30, 2015 became the first black woman to be promoted to principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre is the subject of a new documentary…
Directed by Nelson George, A Ballerina’s Story covers Copeland’s impressive rise and all the challenges she faced throughout.
Fingers crossed that this documentary turns out well. Either way, with a figure so inspiring, of course I’ve already near enough exhausted the internet in my desire to know more about this amazing female.
The following Under Armour campaign from 2014 is the reason many who aren’t involved in the world of ballet know the name Misty Copeland; myself included.
Directed by Jody Lee Lipes, Ballet 422 offers an inside look, from first rehearsal through to world premier as it follows emerging young choreographer Justin Peck and his dancers, as they prepare for a very important production at the prestigious New York City Ballet.
With just two months to pull everything together, I got to experience the sense of urgency and the apparent stress involved with such a feat, especially for Justin.
Ballet 422 is ideal for dancers but more so for those curious about what it might be like to be in a situation similar to Peck’s, even though interestingly, he’s never actually interviewed.
I’m no expert in this particular art form, of course, but seeing the finished production at the end didn’t quite leave me more interested in being a spectator of ballet. At least not as much as the following…