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Ballerina, Misty Copeland, is making history in Washington, DC tonight as one of two African American soloists in the American Ballet Theatre’s production of Swan Lake. Copeland’s presence on stage while historic also serves as a model of perseverance for millions of young women and particularly women of color.
If you do not know Misty’s story, I encourage you to learn more about her journey. Misty comes from humble beginnings yet she was able to overcome many obstacles and disappointments. I believe that Misty was able to accomplish her dream of being a dancer, despite the naysayers, because she understood her path. And in choosing to follow her path, Misty recognized “you don’t have to follow the same path as someone before you … you can set your own path.”
Ultimately, I love Misty’s story because she is a fighter. However, I think her story is one that can be used to help children understand dreams are possible when you work hard and never give up. I hope that you find Misty’s example of perseverance worthy to share with your students. tlb