In June of this year Misty Copeland made history by becoming the first African-American principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre. Having accomplished her dream, Copeland isn’t stopping there. With two books, a Broadway debut in On the Town and multiple commercial endorsements under her belt, her next move is to the silver screen in a documentary titled A Ballerina’s Tale.
Created and directed by filmmaker Nelson George, the film shares her remarkable Cinderella story. From her humble beginnings with the Boys & Girls Club to becoming a professional ballerina, Copeland shares her struggles with an injury that almost ended her career and how she triumphed to become one of the most influential artists of this century.
In A Ballerina’s Tale, expect breathtaking dance sequences from La Bayadère, Swan Lake, Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux and The Firebird. Enjoy the archival footage of Copeland dancing during her pre-ABT days. Wince a bit as you see Copeland get adjusted by a particularly forceful Italian chiropractor. And finally, rejoice as she finally achieves her ultimate goal of becoming principal.
A Ballerina’s Tale comes the select theaters on October 14. For more info, see aballerinastale.com.
Misty Copeland in A Ballerina’s Tale
Photo courtesy of Oskar Landi. © Urban Romances, Inc. A Sundance Selects Release.