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Ballerina Misty Copeland in upcoming documentary: ‘I didn’t fit the mold’ (with video)

Misty Copeland, center, at the curtain call for her Broadway debut in August in “On The Town.”
Misty Copeland, center, at the curtain call for her Broadway debut in August in “On The Town.” Associated Press

The world keeps turning around ballerina Misty Copeland.

The Kansas City-born dancer made history in June when she was named a principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre, becoming the first African-American ballerina to achieve that status in the company’s 75-year history.

Now comes a documentary about her unusual and difficult journey to the top.

In the trailer for the film, directed by George Nelson, Copeland talks frankly about the challenges she faced when she started dancing at age 13.

“I didn’t fit the mold. Based on body type, pedigree and background, I should not have been a part of one of the world’s greatest ballet companies.”

She also didn’t think the classical ballet world would accept her. “I’m black. I have a large chest. I’m muscular.”

News of Copeland’s historic achievement at ABT thrilled fans and celebrities. Tweeted Taye Diggs: “All hail the Queen. My ‘sister’ Misty Copeland was just promoted to Principal dancer with ABT!! An amazing day for dancers and chocolates...”

Copeland was born in KC and grew up in the Los Angeles area. According to People, “A Ballerina’s Tale” hits theaters and VOD on Oct. 14.

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