Independent Lens - Season 17, Episode 9 - Rotten Tomatoes

A Ballerina's Tale


Episode Info

A profile of Misty Copeland, the first African-American female principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre, who learned she had six fractures in her left shin after reaching a career pinnacle—dancing the lead in "Firebird" at the Metropolitan Opera House. The film chronicles her recovery, emergence as a pop-culture celebrity and performance in "Swan Lake." Also: the lack of women of color at major ballet companies; and how ballet's emphasis on thin bodies impacts the health of dancers.


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