Misty Copeland is a ballerina that is an icon for all women, especially women of color. She was the first female African-American Principal Ballerina in the American Ballet Theatre. Although she grew up in a low-income family, she defied all odds by dancing professionally within a year of her first ever dance class. Besides her amazing achievements made in dance, she also has done great things for the community. After being inducted into the Boys and Girls Club National Hall of Fame, she was also named National Youth of the Year Ambassador for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America in June 2013. She dedicates much of her little free time to charitable organizations and is dedicated to her mentoring of young boys and girls. You might think it stops at her talents and heart, but she even has scholarly accomplishments. In 2014 she wowed the University of Hartford with her dedication to classical ballet and effort to diversify it and was awarded an honorary doctorate. In 2014, she also published a best selling memoir about her life and acomplishments in the dance world.
Misty Copeland is the type of girl we all wish we could be. Talented, beautiful, kind, and an inspiration to girls everywhere. When reading about the tough experiences she faced as a child, it is even more motivating to see how far she has come. Her dancing is flawless and seems almost effortless to her. The links below are performances of hers that leave you speechless. Misty Copeland is someone who is not just an athlete, but an overall good person and deserves more recognition for her help to the community.