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Ballerina Misty Copeland Talks Being Unapologetically Black And More

One more reason to love her.<p><b>This is an excerpt from Essence magazine's September 2015 cover story "Stepping Up" about American Ballet Theatre ballerina Misty Copeland. The article was written by Julee Wilson, senior fashion editor at The Huffington Post.</b><p>“…One of Copeland’s most endearing qualities, …

Women of Color

This Is What You Should Be Eating Before (& After) A Workout

A few years ago, I went through a phase where I became obsessed with racing in triathlons. I completed about six races in all, including three …

Misty Copeland, the Prima Ballerina in Designer Stilettos

VF.com interviews the dancer (and style icon) about her fashion favorites, her obsessions, and why ballet won’t influence her wedding dress.<p><b>Misty Copeland</b> has garnered quite the list of accomplishments lately: first African American principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre; Broadway leading …

African-American News

How Ballerina Misty Copeland Handles Pressure and Newfound Fame

The dancer talks diversity in ballet, being a role model, and landing Time 100's cover.<p>Fame was never the goal for ballet dancer Misty Copeland, but at this point, she just can't escape it. The American Ballet Theatre soloist made headlines this month for being one of the first African American …

This Is How Much It Costs To Raise A Ballerina

Nearly $120,000 a head.<p>As any parent knows, raising children is expensive. According to the U.S.D.A., the cost of getting a kid born in 2013 to age …

5 Dumbbell Exercises to Sculpt Strong Arms and a Ballerina Body

Score toned arms with this at-home Bar Method workout starring tiny isometric exercises that guarantee big results<p>1. Shoulder Walks<p>A<p>B<p><b>A.</b><p>Stand with …

The Private Lives of Prima Ballerinas

From dressing rooms to birthing rooms.<p>"A ballerina's belief in her power is reflected in her body," writes Lucy Gray in "<i>Balancing Acts: Three Prima Ballerinas Becoming Mothers</i>," a stunning new book that catalogues the lives—both onstage and off—of three dancers at the prestigious San Francisco …

Ballerina Misty Copeland Mesmerizes on "Late Show" Performance with Cellist Yo-Yo Ma

On <i>The Late Show With Stephen Colbert</i> this past Monday, two renowned performers wowed us with their beautiful collaboration. Ballerina Misty Copeland danced to the courante from Bach's “Cello Suite No. 2,” as played by cellist Yo-Yo Ma. The presentation showcased both of their talents–Copeland …

The Late Show

8 Music Videos That Feature Ballet and Are Therefore Our Favorites

We just can't get enough.<p>Today, Ciara unveiled the video for her new track "I Bet," decked in pointe shoes and a re-imagined pink tutu. It's simply stunning and just the latest reminder that ballet can look pretty freakin' awesome even outside of <i>The Nutcracker</i>. Here, we look back on our favorite …

Ballet Beautiful: How to Take Care of Your Skin Like A Ballerina

New York City Ballet dancer Ashley Laracey reveals her offstage beauty routine.<p>There's so much to envy about ballerinas. Their nimble pirouettes, frothy tutus, delicate pointe shoes, and of course, their whimsical beauty. What we're not so covetous about? All it takes to achieve the latter. There's …

What It's Really Like to Be a Ballerina

I can make money later in life, but my body won't last forever.<p><i>Many little girls dream of becoming a ballerina, but the life of a dancer is more mentally and physically difficult than the graceful dances let on. Elice McKinley, a dancer at the Carolina Ballet in Raleigh, North Carolina, started</i> …

Pressures on Pointe: Confessions of an Elite Ballerina

In 2010, when <i>The New York Times</i> dance critic Alastair Macaulay slammed New York City Ballet principal dancer Jenifer Ringer for her weight following her performance as <i>George Balancine's The Nutcracker's</i> Sugar Plum Fairy, Ringer, 40, reacted like a pro. Macaulay's callous words definitely stung: …

What an Elite Ballerina Sees When She Looks in the Mirror

On Tuesday, September 16, ELLE.com shadowed Ashley Laracey as the New York City Ballet soloist geared up for the company's fall show season.<p>"I was always kind of second. I've always been the underdog in that sense. I've been chosen, but I've always been the second cast."<p>If the ridiculously …

In This Moving Essay, Misty Copeland Takes You Inside the Moment She Made History

The phenom just became American Ballet Theatre's first-ever black principal dancer—and in this new epilogue to her bestselling memoir, Life in Motion, she's sharing an intimate look at how her world changed.<p>There's one question I've been asked most often since becoming the first African American …

Our Favorite Ballerina Is Creating A Television Show

misty copeland is the dancing queen<p>It's been quite an exciting year for Misty Copeland—not only did she become the first African-American principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, but she also made her official Broadway debut in <i>On the Town.</i> In addition to releasing her autobiography <i>Life in</i> …

Ballet Shoes and Ballerinas as Technology: A History En Pointe

Pointe shoes made the ballerinas of the New York City Ballet into technological artifacts, modern and indistinguishable "like IBM machines"<p><i>Pointe shoes made the ballerinas of the New York City Ballet into technological artifacts, modern and indistinguishable "like IBM machines"</i><p>Ballet pointe shoes …

How Do Ballerinas Spin Without Getting Dizzy?

We have all heard that one of the reasons why ballerinas don't get dizzy when they spin is that they pick a stationary spot in their environment and focus their attention on that. When they move their body during a turn, they also move their head in order to visually locate that spot again and …

Ballerina Misty Copeland On Breaking Barriers and Loving Her Strong Body

__Misty Copeland is a Woman of the Year because… "She's blazed her own path—and proven that you don't have to bend to society's expectations because you look a certain way." __<p><b>—*actress Kerry Washington, 2013 Woman of the Year *</b><p>On Top of the World: "Finding ballet was like finding this missing …

Misty Copeland, celebrity ballerina, breaks race ceiling

The New York-based company, one of the most prestigious ballet companies which has welcomed top international talent over its 78-year history, announced it was promoting both Copeland and another American, Stella Abrera, to the rank of principal dancer.<p>Copeland, 32, has drawn an unusually wide fan …

Dancing

Misty Copeland to Reveal Her Superhuman Secrets

Because body goals on body goals.<p>Misty Copeland is on a <i>roll</i>: This year alone, she's made history as the first black principal dancer of the American Ballet Theatre, made her Broadway debut, and starred in a documentary about her rise to success. Now, she's going to publish a book about health and …

A Ballerina’s Tale: Misty Copeland Builds Her Brand Beyond Ballet

A young girl from a large California family with a single mother and few resources starts ballet training at the (late) age of 13. A lucky break …

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