Ballerina Misty Copeland has a lot to be happy about these days. Her hard work and determination have paid off and now it’s her time to grace the stage as the first black principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre. Misty’s road to this great career accomplishment wasn’t easy. Taking her first ever ballet class at the young age of 13, she was already behind the game. However, she did not let that stop her. At the age of 15, Misty won first place in the prestigious Los Angeles Spotlight awards which brought the LA Times to name her the Best Young Dancer in the Greater Los Angeles Area. From there Misty was awarded a full scholarship to attend San Francisco Ballet’s summer intensive program.
Through the years Misty has worked hard to be the best and in 2015 that hard work paid off as she was named one of the principal dancers at the American Ballet Theatre, and first black woman in their 75 year history. Misty’s story of hard work and determination should prove to us all that we can achieve any goal. Sure the road may not be easy, and yes there will be many who will try to discourage you along the way. But if you stick with it and work hard nothing can stop you from greatness. Don’t believe me, well just listen to Misty’s story.