Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Late-Blooming Legends Week: Misty Copeland

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The American Ballet Theatre. One of the most graceful (and hard to get into) companies in the world. If you have any hope of performing there, you have had to be doing ballet since you could walk, to be at least a soloist. Really? What about Misty Copeland?

Misty began when she was 13. That's later than I started! Yet, look at her now, a strong, beautiful dancer performing in one of the greatest companies in the world.

misty copeland

She could do it, why not you?

For those of you with the pre-pointe blues, here is a clear glimpse at the perfectly shaped muscles for pointe work.

This literally made me cry. After two years of dancing, at 15, Misty performed this at a competition. AFTER TWO YEARS?!?!?! It took my breath away.


  1. Misty trained at the American Ballet Theatre.

  2. Wow, what an inspiration. Great post!

  3. Your blog is so inspiring! I am also a late bloomer. I am 13, in a ballet class full of 9-10 year olds. Anyways, I was feeling pretty embarassed about it until I stumbled upon your blog, and it makes me feel so much better to know someone else knows how I feel! Doesn't it suck when you're the oldest? xD
    Anyways, the pre-pointe exercises look quite helpful, I'm not on pointe yet but when I am, I'll be sure to try some of them. I really love these "Late- Blooming Legends" you post. Thank you so much!

  4. That is so great to hear that you love my blog! I know exactly how you feel; I will forever be the oldest (and tallest) one in my class.

    I love that you think the pre-pointe exercises are helpful, but i might be misunderstanding your statement. You said that "when I am [en pointe], I'll be sure to try them [pre-pointe exercises].

    Getting en pointe is a long process, and you need to work very hard to tone the correct muscles. Going en pointe too early, or without enough training, you could suffer life-changing injuries, like permanent nerve damage, and not be able to even dance en flat.

    Pre-pointe exercises are meant for before going en pointe, and if you don't do them, you will 1) never go en pointe or 2) not be ready for pointe and suffer the consequences.

    Of course, if I am misunderstanding your comment, please forgive me for unleashing one of my deadly lectures on you ;)

    Hope to hear from you soon! I LOVE getting feedback from my readers!