Looking at the historic career of an ‘unlikely ballerina’ Misty Copeland, who went from ‘pretty much homeless’ to dance superstar!

Money was tight when she was growing up. But her determination was unwavering despite her lack.

And she even got rejected from ballet school when she started at the age of 13.

Dear Candidate,

Thank you for your application to our ballet academy. Unfortunately you have not been accepted. You lack the right feet, Achilles tendons, turnout, torso length, and bust. You have the wrong body for ballet, and at 13, you are too old to be considered.

But Misty Copeland, already arguably the most famous ballet dancer in the United States to date falls in love with ballet, an art that has traditionally included very few people of color and pursued her dreams. This week, the 32-year-old made history: she became the first African American woman to be named principal dancer with the legendary American Ballet Theatre.

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