PBS will premiere documentary A Ballerina’s Tale soon, highlighting the career and struggles of ballet dancer, Misty Copeland. She is well recognized for her award-winning dance abilities and being the first African-American woman to become a part of the American Ballet Theater; an accomplishment that speaks volumes.
Copeland left her home town of San Pedro, California in order to pursue her career; her strife and dedication leading her to become a soloist. In 2013, she was presented with the opportunity to play lead role in Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird. She noticed that after the show, she had been suffering great pain. She later discovered that she had six fractures in her left shin, an injury that many thought would deter her dance career.
The film intends to reveal the struggles behind an industry that is recognized as sophisticated and beautiful with very little negative depiction. It’ll highlight the conflicts women of color have to face, as there is a small percentage of Black dancers in the theater. Also, to be discussed is the importance of image within ballet and how pressured dancers are to keep their figures petite, often generating a lot of health issues.
It isn’t all it’s believed to be and the documentary will explore Misty’s resurgence after such a critical time in her life. Watch her inspiring story Feb. 8 at 10p.m. EST.