April 11, 2014 by Nicole
In the spirit of #FF (that’s Follow Friday), I wanted to share a video I found of Misty Copeland, a dancer whose career I follow, giving a TEDx talk.
If you haven’t heard of TED Talks, now is a great time. Put simply, TED is a non-profit organization devoted to “ideas worth spreading.”
From their website, “TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.”
From this organization, local and independently-run TEDx events were started to help share and spread ideas in communities.
Misty Copeland didn’t grow up going to ballet class. She’s from a low income neighborhood in southern California. She found dance through the Boys & Girls Club – and the rest is history. She joined American Ballet Theatre at age 19 as the company’s sole African American in the company. In 2007, she became just the third African American soloist in the company’s history.
Here’s a wonderful feature on Misty, with more on her background and with additional photo and videos on Imagista.
As if her story wasn’t enough, and she’s an incredible artist, what I love most is how outspoken Misty has been, talking about dance, ballet and opportunities for access to these worlds.
She’s breaking down barriers and creating/furthering conversations that are needed. Just last week, she talked to ABC News about how classical ballet was “behind the times.”
She’s even written a book! This year, she released her memoir “Life in Motion, An Unlikely Ballerina.”
Misty is one to watch, as she strives to achieve her ultimate goal of becoming the first African American principal dancer at ABT. You can follow her on Twitter @mistyonpointe.
What are your #FF suggestions? Tell me in the comments!