Thursday, April 16, 2015

John Malveaux: Ballet Dancer Misty Copeland in TIME Magazine's '100 Most Influential People,' profiled by Olympic Gymnast Nadia Comaneci

Misty Copeland

On January 9, 2012 AfriClassical posted:

John Malveaux of 

Misty Copeland is TIME 100 most influential people. MusicUNTOLD presented Misty Copeland to student in Long Beach and San Pedro during African American Heritage Month in 2012 to encourage diversity in ballet.

Misty Copeland

By Nadia Comaneci

April 16, 2015

Ballet's breakout star

Like all gymnasts, I’ve done some ballet—it’s a part of our program. And people don’t realize the tremendous amount of time and work you have to put in to do the maneuvers they do. Ballerinas like Misty Copeland look so beautiful and perfect, but it takes thousands of hours of hard work to make it look that easy.
It was an honor to learn that a movie about me inspired a 7-year-old Misty to see the joy in movement. When I competed in the 1976 Olympics, no one thought that a 14-year-old from a place people couldn’t find on a map could contend.

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