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All Quotes by author - Misty Copeland
" 40 years old is about the time a principal dancer would start to think about retirement, but some go on to dance a little bit longer than that. "
" All you can do is be your best self. I've always felt that I had to be that much more aware of how I present myself. I'm representing more than just me. I think every person should think that way. "
" As a child, I had been told that I was exactly what a ballerina should be. "
" At least in my performances, the audience has become so diverse in a way that I don't think ballet has ever experienced. "
" A young girl reached out to me to be her mentor one day, which I didn't really know anything about. What I did remember was what it was to be alone as an African-American dancer in the ballet world and wanting to connect with someone who looks like me. "
" Ballet became this escape for me. I feel like I was on my own a lot. I was searching for stability, so I was going off on my own and imagining what I thought stability was. Ballet became a way for me to cope. "
" Ballet found me, I guess you could say. I was discovered by a teacher in middle school. I always danced my whole life. I never had any training, never was exposed to seeing dance, but I always had something inside of me. I would love to choreograph and dance around. "
" Ballet was so structured. I'd been craving something that could guide me. "
" Ballet was this thing that just felt so innate in me, like I was meant to be doing this. "
Meant To Be
" Barack Obama being President of the United States doesn't mean racism has disappeared. It's all a process, and we have to be aware that the work never ends. "
" Before dance came into my life, I don't really remember having any major goals or dreams of wanting to be anything. "
" Being in ballet class, being on the stage, being surrounded by my peers at American Ballet Theater every day, keeps me so humble and grounded. Being in ballet class, I feel, is like this meditation for me every morning. "
" Being one of the few African American women to make it to this level in a classical ballet company, the level of American Ballet Theatre, takes a lot of perseverance. "
" Being the only African American at this level in American Ballet Theater, I feel like people are looking at me, and it's my responsibility for me to do whatever I can to provide these opportunities in communities to be able to educate them. "
" Be strong, be fearless, be beautiful. And believe that anything is possible when you have the right people there to support you. "
" Dance kind of was always just a part of my natural state as a child. It's something that, whenever music was playing, I was dancing. "
" Depending on the level you're at in your company, the higher you go up in rank, usually the longer you can dance. "
" Don't hold on to the barre like, 'I might die.' It's just ballet. "
" Every time I dance, I'm trying to prove myself to myself. "
" Every time I step onto the stage, it's not only proving to the audience that I'm capable but to myself. "
" Finding ballet gave me passion for the first time in my life. I was always very shy and just wanted to fit in; I never daydreamed about what I wanted to be when I grew up. But dancing gave me a connection to my personality that made me grow. "
" Finding ballet was like finding this missing piece of myself. "
" Finding great training, I think, is number one. I did a lot of research and found really great teachers, and it just takes - I took a year off from school and did independent studies so that I could devote all of my time to it. But I think that training is the key, definitely, and it's not a sport. "
" Growing up, I was surrounded by R&B and Hip-Hop, and the closest thing I could find to dance was gymnastics which I watched on TV. So, I just used those avenues I found available right in my milieu to express what was inside of me. "
" I am a black woman, and my experiences would not be what they are if I wasn't. I'm so happy to share those experiences for other people to be able to learn from them. "
" I didn't care how much work it would take, and I didn't see the time invested as a waste or like I was missing out on anything. Ballet became my ultimate passion. "
" I didn't want to be the best at anything; I just wanted to blend in. And that was kind of my existence throughout my family experiences at home of just kind of blending in in the background through my other siblings, which was easy to do. "
" I don't eat a ton of pasta or bread. But I eat dessert almost every night, and I drink. You need a bit of balance, and I've found mine. "
" I don't feel like my life is that of a superstar! Every day I wake up, I take the train, I go to my ballet class. My everyday life is pretty normal. "
" I don't want to be anything else other than a ballerina. I love what I do outside of my work, but at the end of the day, I have to sacrifice. "
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