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.

Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland

Profession: Dancer
Nationality: American

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Before dance came into my life, I don't really remember having any major goals or dreams of wanting to be anything.

To be empathetic to everyone around you, I think, is such a powerful thing to hold.

Perseverance has always just been something that was in me. And it was a tool that came in very handy as a ballerina.

My curves became an integral part of who I am as a dancer, not something I needed to lose to become one.

There are no taking days off. There are no distractions. If I had that, I physically wouldn't be capable of going onstage and performing live theater. It's extremely demanding. I have to be in ballet class every day.

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 think I'm pretty laid back. I like cooking, being at home, and going to concerts. And I love to shop!

More often than we realize, people see in us what we don't see in ourselves.

I wanted to open the dialogue about race in ballet and bring more people in. It's just beautiful to see the interest that has exploded for such an incredible art form that I will forever be grateful to!

There are hundreds of stories I've heard from black women from my generation, generations before me, and the next, that have never been given an opportunity to fulfill their dreams.

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.

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.

If I'm put in a situation where I am not really sure what's going to happen, it can be overwhelming. I get a bit anxious.

I know that I'm talented, and I know that I'm not in American Ballet Theater because I'm black - I'm here because I'm a gifted dancer.