Misty Copeland Inspires Young Black Ballerinas

Steve Harvey surprises young ballerinas from the Mayfair Performance Company introducing the gifted dancers to their role model ― ballet icon Misty Copeland.

Misty Copeland spends a lot of time and effort trying to introduce diversity into ballet history.She has even written a children’s book and memoir about her difficult way into the career that historically excludes women of color. After studying ballet at the Boys & Girls Club, Copeland came to New York at the age of 17 years and became a member of the American Ballet Theatre, the only Black dancer in a company of 80. In 2015, Copeland became the principal in that same company, which made her the first Black female principal in its 75 year history.

On Friday the legendary dancer paid a surprise visit to Steve Harvey talk show and brought some inspiration for a group of young ballerinas from the Mayfair Performance Company on Chicago’s south side. Jut look at their reaction!

“You know one day, if you study this long enough,” Harvey told the young dancers, as they confirmed their love of Copeland. “One day you could meet her. One day you could be her. Wouldn’t that be exciting?” 

Join us as we watch these lovely videos filling our hearts with hope for the future of the Black ballet!

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