MAJOR EMPOWERMENT ALERT:
Last week this video of New York ballerina Misty Copeland went viral and I honestly cannot stop watching it! I don’t know if it’s because I used to do ballet or simply because it is just so darn inspiring….whatever the reason, Misty Copeland I am in total awe of you. Having faced some tough times Misty took her first ballet class at 13 years old and became the first African American soloist in two decades with the American Ballet Theatre. She is absolutely breath taking to watch. I also really love the notion of “I will what I want”. It’s so easy to accept what we are given. It’s the easy way out to accept rejection. This resonates with me because if we will what we want it means that it is coming from our heart. To ‘will’ something it has to be your entire passion, heart, energy…everything. It’s who you are.
Copeland has teamed up with Under Armour to produce this video for the #IWillWhatIWant campaign which showcases her talent, athleticism and all out beauty. The video was viewed more than 4 million times in just a few days! (And only half of those was me!) Basically if there was any doubt in your mind that ballet isn’t physical, strenuous and athletic this will change your mind…
“…the commercial showing the physicality of what it takes to be a dancer, and to be a professional ballerina, and is giving us the respect that we are just as hardworking as any athlete.” Misty Copeland