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Misty Copeland tells Stephen Colbert why we need more diversity in ballet

This interview is a perfect example of why Misty Copeland is a star.

 

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

IRL

Published Oct 6, 2015   Updated May 27, 2021, 8:48 pm CDT

As the first African-American woman to become a principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland is under a lot of pressure to be a role model to younger dancers. In an interview Monday night with Stephen Colbert, she made it abundantly clear that she is up to the task.

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The world of classical ballet is notoriously conservative, but Copeland has always been a public advocate for greater diversity in her field. As she explained on The Late Show, her role as trailblazer never felt like a burden. 

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“It was this voice inside of me that I needed to get out,” she said, “to represent so many people that have come before me.”

Screengrab via The Late Show with Stephen Colbert/YouTube

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*First Published: Oct 6, 2015, 8:39 am CDT