Sunday 21 December 2014

Strong really is the new skinny as ballerinas become the new rock stars

Published 11/08/2014 | 13:50

Ballet dancer Misty Copeland attends the Misty Copeland In Conversation With Vogue's Chloe Malle
Ballerina Misty Copeland performs at the Rowell Foster Children's Positive Plan 3rd Annual High Tea in 2005
Ballerina Misty Copeland performs at the Rowell Foster Children's Positive Plan 3rd Annual High Tea in 2005

Ballet is making a comeback in a big way.

Gone are the days of tutus, tight hair buns and rampant body dysmorphia.

Thanks to Misty Copeland's powerful ad for Under Armour, which has since gone viral, ballerinas are being looked at in a different light.

The video captures incredible details of Misty's muscular physique and intricate technique, a feat often overlooked outside of the ballet realm.

It's now being marketed as the hot new fitness trend, a less than traditional way to work on your core and improve your posture, a practice Sarah Jessica Parker has embraced ten years ago (and now swears by).

And Misty is the perfect choice as the unofficial face of the ballet movement into the mainstream.

Ballet dancer Misty Copeland attends the Misty Copeland In Conversation With Vogue's Chloe Malle
Ballet dancer Misty Copeland attends the Misty Copeland In Conversation With Vogue's Chloe Malle

 

She made history as the third black female soloist to feature at the American Ballet Theatre - and the first in more than 20 years. In 2012, she danced the title role in Firebird, cementing her place in the history books.

Ballerina Misty Copeland performs at the Rowell Foster Children's Positive Plan 3rd Annual High Tea in 2005
Ballerina Misty Copeland performs at the Rowell Foster Children's Positive Plan 3rd Annual High Tea in 2005

“I think that the ballet world is so far behind the rest of the world with growth and accepting diversity,” she said.

“So, it’s kind of been something that I’ve wanted to do: bring diversity to the ballet world and educate people in this circle, this very small circle that is the ballet community, and show them that every ethnicity has the ability to be molded to be a part of this world.”

“Once I reached the point of being promoted to soloist, I knew I had a bigger purpose and that there were more eyes on me and that I had become a role model.”

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