The striking body lines, lightness of approach, unnatural “duck” stance, thin and mostly white women: this is the usual make up of female corps and principal dancers within most ballet companies in the United States. With a few exceptions (Dance Theatre of Harlem comes to mind, but even they have been out of commission for a few years), black female dancers in traditional ballet companies such as American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet have been scarce. Thank goodness for Misty Copeland, who is that rare bird – not only did she start training very late (age 13) for a ballet career, she managed to overcome and thrive in the not-very-encouraging environment of American classical ballet. Her interview in The Atlantic covers many issues facing young ballet dancers, as well as her journey as a dancer of color (which she covers in her book, “Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina”). Since we are about to start our “Dance Reality” section of class, this is very timely and perfect for Dance 6 students in my classes! Please read the interview and post your comments!