A Ballerina's Tale

Synopsis: A feature documentary on African American ballerina Misty Copeland that examines her prodigious rise, her potentially career ending injury alongside themes of race and body image in the elite ballet world.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Nelson George
Production: Romance Productions Inc.
  1 win & 1 nomination.
 
IMDB:
6.4
Metacritic:
55
Rotten Tomatoes:
76%
UNRATED
Year:
2015
85 min
£93,891
Website
360 Views


I felt like I belonged

and that I had a voice.

I started to develop ways

of critically thinking

about things,

which I'd never

had to do before.

I had to make decisions

on how I was going

to approach a step

or using parts

of my brain and my body

that I hadn't used before.

The competition

is Misty Danielle Copeland.

I got all my fouetts in.

I'm really happy.

Kevin McKenzie approaches me

and says,

"Well, you're gonna join

the studio company,

but before your contract starts,

we would like for you

to come on tour

with the main company

for two weeks in China.

And that was just, like,

"Oh, my God."

Like, "It's happening."

It's like seeing

the turning point in a movie,

and it's happening to me

right now.

On that trip to China,

I think it was in New York,

like, right before we left,

that I met Leyla,

my best friend.

So right away, we clicked,

and we got along,

and we were rooming together,

and we became

the best of friends.

We just did everything together,

and we kind of had,

like, this camaraderie.

We would take trips

to Red Lobster in Brooklyn,

'cause at the time, they didn't

have one in Times Square.

We would get on the train

and travel

to go to some Red Lobster,

and sometimes,

if Red Lobster was closed,

we'd go to Sizzler

that was, like, next door.

We... I don't know

what it was,

but, like, we...

We loved it.

And then when that Red Lobster

opened up in Times Square,

we were like, "Yes!"

When you're in your adolescence

and you're dancing,

you don't get to experience

what normal kids

get to experience.

You don't date.

You don't go to parties.

You don't...

you don't hang out.

As soon as school is over,

you're going

straight to practice

and to dance class.

That was around the time

that I first was being told

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