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Guest Post: Ballet Dancer Misty Copeland on a Day in Her Life

September 14th, 2011 by Ben Collins Editor

Misty Copeland’s superlatives are riddled with unbridled good. She’s the first ever African-American female soloist for the American Ballet Theatre. She’s won countless awards. And, when asked by Morgan Spurlock to shoot “A Day in the Life,” she took the chance to head to the Bronx to teach kids at a Boys & Girls Club. That’s why we’re thrilled to have Misty talk about her experience on the show for our blog. —— Ed.

Every morning, I wake up and am grateful for the opportunity to live out my dream as a professional ballet dancer. Now is a particularly exciting time in my life and career, as I am creating my own path as an African-American woman in the world of classical ballet. Each day presents new challenges and exhilarating adventures.

Being invited by Morgan Spurlock and his amazing team to participate in ‘A Day in the Life’ was the perfect opportunity for me to share my life with the world. Although the day they chose to follow me may seem like a crazy day, I think most people would be surprised to know that the filming occurred during my time off from American Ballet Theatre (ABT), the company that I dance for. I had a great time shooting it, and I hope viewers will enjoy seeing the things I do within a day—and it doesn’t even include the six hours of dancing I normally do at ABT!

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