Why Is Copeland Important To Dance

Improved Essays
Misty Copeland and Her Extraordinary Story “Finding ballet was like finding a missing piece of myself.” This quote explains how ballet helped Misty Copeland find who she really is and what her passion in life is. Misty Copeland is an important and influential figure in history that had a positive impact on the world because she inspires other dancers to believe in themselves and not to let your race or your figure effect that. Misty Copeland was born on September 10, 1982 in Kansas, Missouri. Growing up Misty’s mother, Sylvia Delacerna, was constantly re marrying new men which caused Misty and her siblings to have to pack up and move frequently. Misty and her family finally settled in San Pedro California where she went to high school at San Pedro High School. …show more content…
She started her career when she was on her middle school’s drill team. The team's coach saw her talent in dance and recommended to her mother she join Cynthia Bradley ballet classes at her local Boys & Girls club. This was just the start of her career though. In 1998 when she was fifteen years old, Misty won first place in the ballet category at the Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Awards. The following summer, she was accepted into the intensive summer program held at the San Francisco Ballet equipped with a full scholarship. In order to become who she is today, Misty Copeland had to overcome a custody battle between her mother and the Bradley’s because at that time she was living in a motel with her mother and her siblings. After that was over, Misty became a member of ABT’s corps de ballet, where she was the only African American in a group of 80 dancers. Other than race, her more full-figured body type was different than the other dancers and she was regularly reminded about it. Misty was able to set those things aside, and show off her incredible dancing

Related Documents

  • Superior Essays

    Arielle convinced her mother to put Gabby in gymnastics classes because she was so energetic (Perry). According to Selena Hill, author of the article “America’s Olympic Sweetheart Blasted for Saying She was Bullied,” Gabby started official gymnastics classes at age six (Brian). Gabby first started training gymnastics at Excalibur (Hill). Gabby won the Virginia State gymnastics Championship when she was just eight years old (Brian). Gabrielle Douglas says “I’d been dreaming of an Olympic gold medal since I was eight” (Douglas…

    • 1772 Words
    • 8 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Improved Essays

    When she unlocked the magical world of ballet, Misty was coping with the fact she was living in a shabby motel room with her five siblings and fighting for a place to sleep on the floor. A true phenomenon, she was dancing en pointe within three months of joining her first ballet dance class and performing professionally in just over a year: an accomplishment unheard of for any classical…

    • 1225 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    ‘’Just Like Us’’ starts by describing the prom night as the four girls were making their preparation for the night party. Afterward, all the four girls without exception could make it into college. Marisela and Yadira succeeded to attend Denver University through a private donor named Cinthia Poundstone. At the time goes by, the two illegal girls seemed to struggle to adapt to their new school where whites were the dominant component. In the end, all of them succeeded to graduate, but the matters of illegal status remained unsolvable for the two undocumented…

    • 1219 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Misty wants to help all dancers of different race be able to do what they want in their dancing career. “ Fight even harder, she said because of some of the challenges she faced. First, as one of six children with a struggling single mother. Copeland told NPR, when she first started ballet lessons at 13, they were living in a motel. When Copeland started dancing professionally, she found that being biracial - half black, half white - became an issue.”…

    • 862 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    Things seemed to be going my way; I also made it on the Varsity Cheerleading team; both my sisters were extremely proud of me. During that school year, my class voted me into student council for the middle school. When freshman year rolled around I was nervous because it was a huge change from middle school. I luckily had both my sisters to help me through the first couple weeks. I gained more friends and I was overjoyed that I could go to an actual high school dance.…

    • 1055 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Improved Essays

    I have been dancing for as long as I can remember. Of course, I don’t actually remember the first time I performed on stage, but my mom has pictures of me in a pink leotard and a grass hula skirt for proof. The first time I remember dancing was when I was around five years old, in tap class, learning a move called the coffee grinder. I remember looking in the mirrors as I swung my leg around and jaggedly jumped over it multiple times before I could get the move down. I felt super proud of myself when I was the first one in my class to master the move, well the best a five year old can master a move.…

    • 890 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Maddie Ziegler is saying goodbye to the Abby Lee Dance Company and she is moving on from Dance Moms. The talented dancer has been on the show since the beginning, and she’s undeniably the breakout star of the series. Ziegler may have grown out of her role on the show and wants to focus on acting. “I am leaving, but it’ll be a good thing because we’re moving on to cool things,” Ziegler told reporters at the Nickelodeon's 2016 Kids' Choice Awards on March 12. When asked about what she will miss on the show, she replied, “Definitely being with the girls every single day and having so much fun when you’re not dancing.” The 13-year-old has been on the show since it premiered in 2011.…

    • 302 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Superior Essays

    Everyone in the world has something they use to escape, mine happens to be dance, as it has come through for me at many instances in my life, one in particular that possessed a lot of meaning to me. I was a junior in high school and co-captain of my varsity dance team with an exhilarating week ahead because we had our first competition of the year on Saturday morning. On Wednesday of that very week, my best friend Hannah and I had decided to take an unusual route to school just so we could skip homeroom and stop at our favorite little cafe. We were jamming out to the new Justin Bieber “Purpose” album when all of a sudden one of the main intersections of our compact city was completely shut down. We were beyond puzzled until we saw what looked…

    • 1661 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Superior Essays
  • Improved Essays

    I have been with Jessie at Just Dance for two years. Jessie made me feel like I was accepted. Jesse always pushed me to be better while showing a great deal of care for me and all of her dancers. I like Jessie and leaving her school is the hardest decision I have ever had to make. I really don’t want to leave her, but I believe that I will learn more and Artistry in Motion.…

    • 985 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Improved Essays
  • Great Essays

    Lady Gaga Analysis

    • 2988 Words
    • 12 Pages

    ‘As it says on www.ladygaga.com’, “The precious child would dance around the table at fancy Upper West Side restaurants using the breadsticks as a baton. And she would innocently greet a new babysitter in nothing but her birthday suit”(11). Lady Gaga even in her childhood wanted to be different. She wanted to represent herself and stand out in the crowd. Stefani started singing at Greenwich Village clubs on open-mic night and had to be chaperoned by her mother since she was only 13.…

    • 2988 Words
    • 12 Pages
    Great Essays