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Nelson George profiles black ballerina Misty Copeland in his latest documentary entitled A Ballerina’s Tale. George and director of photography Cliff Charles have launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring the film – described as the “less frantic and more realistic” version of Hollywood’s Black Swan – to life. Misty Copeland narrates the documentary which provides an intimate look at her career, beginning at the age of 13 at a Boys & Girls Club in San Pedro, California and moving to the American Ballet Theatre in New York City as a member of one of the leading dance companies by the age of 17. Misty Copeland is an anomalous standard breaker whose very presence challenges the traditional conventions of ballet; her cultural identity and body type stand in direct contrast to commonly held stereotypes dictating what a dancer must be in order to be successful. The film will examine the values of European cultural expression and the arguably irrelevant views upheld by an aging establishment against Copeland’s steady rise. Along with the social critique, Nelson George offers rehearsal and performance footage shot with a multiple camera setup that brings the grace and captivating beauty of movement to the screen in vivid detail. Check the footage below to watch the campaign video for A Ballerina’s Tale. Donate to the production via Kickstarter. Stay tuned for more.

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  • Princess Teresa

    When I sat down today and turned on my computer, I clicked on the icon for Facebook and signed in , the first thing I saw was Ms Copelands pic, and in all honesty, it took my breath away.

    I have always loved ballet, not being a dancer, though I have always enjoyed watching.

    I thought to myself, my God, what a talented beautiful strong athletic women, I was in awe actually till I took the time to look down and see the title of the article
    “Black Excellence: Congratulations to Misty Copeland — the stunning talent was just named the FIRST Black female principal dancer in the American Ballet Theatre’s 75-year history!

    I was just a bit disappointed that in 2015 we still have to say “first black”
    and since we do have over 5000 ethnic groups on the planet, I was bewildered to think I could quite possibly have to read this article 4999 more time every time one of them became the first principal dancer of their ethnic back ground.
    I even saw a comment that said “oh its about time”
    what does time have to do with being the best
    I guess i would of been just happy to see that this women, who is the best in the world at what she does, was chosen because she is best, i can see she is black, i can see she is a women, and i can see how beautiful she is to me.
    What i cant see is where is she from, where did she study, how long as she been dancing , how much does she practice and what feeds her dedication to this powerful sport.
    I didnt need to know she was black, all I know is she is the best and has been recognized for all her hard work has paid off.
    I wish her the best luck for her future i am sure we will see great things for years from her.