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First black prima ballerina inspires young girls to dance in new book

INSPIRATION: Misty Copeland

INSPIRATION: Misty Copeland

THE FIRST black ballerina to be named principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre is due to feature in a new book aimed at encouraging young black girls to become professional dancers.

Misty Copeland, 33, will feature in the book titled The Ballerina’s Little Black Book, alongside other prominent dancers like Ebony Williams, Aesha Ash and Michaela DePrince.

Created by the start-up organisation Brown Girls Do Ballet, the book will be a collection of stories on their collective experiences, advice on issues such as body image and photographs of the dancers striking power poses.

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The soon-to-be-released publication will also include training information and aspiring messages from the famed dancers.

According to the Huffington Post, the book is intended to be an annual publication and is available to pre-order now.

“If we could clear our minds of all the images we have been exposed to that led us to believe we were not worthy,” Aesha Ash is quoted as saying, “we would soon realize that our differences are not handicaps.”

Misty is already an author of a best-selling memoir called, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina, which charts her rise from rags to finding ballet and fame.

WORDS: Hazelann Williams

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