Under Armour Newsroom

11.15.2018

A Beautiful Responsibility

Misty Copeland on Being the Change She Wants to See

A Beautiful Responsibility

Misty Copeland on Being the Change She Wants to See

On Pointe: a ballet position in which the body is balanced on the extreme tip of the toe.

No matter how high Misty Copeland ascends, she remains balanced by staying connected to her roots, taking and creating opportunities to encourage kids to believe in their dreams.

Misty’s story is no secret; she began dancing at the Boys & Girls Club in San Pedro, California at the age of 13. It’s there that she uncovered the immense talent that would change her life forever. Her hard work over the following years led her to become the first African-American woman promoted to principal dancer in the American Ballet Theatre’s 75-year history. Throughout her meteoric rise to stardom, Misty has remained committed to staying involved with the communities she represents.

Earlier this month, Misty made her feature film debut as the Ballerina Princess in Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. In this role, Misty continues to blaze a trail for ballerinas of color by representing diversity on the big screen. Misty partnered with Under Amour to surprise youth in LA, Baltimore, NYC and Chicago with appearances, personal moments and screenings of the film.

Members of the San Pedro Boys & Girls Club were invited to walk the red carpet with Misty at the Los Angeles premiere. She then continued to Baltimore and New York City, where she popped up at theaters full of kids from numerous local community organizations. In Chicago, kids from After School Matters, Walt Disney Magnet School, Disney II Magnet School and the Union League Boys & Girls Club were treated to an exclusive screening and a specially curated “red carpet experience.”

Misty’s special combination of humility and humanity ensure that with every step she takes, she will deliver inspiration to those she meets.