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.
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.