Misty Copeland talks ballerina bodies and health at the UW

www.dailyuw.com – RSS Results in news,news/* of type article Meany Theater was packed Friday night with young girls in leotards, tutus, and their hair slicked back into neat buns. But these girls were not there to perform. Along with many others from the UW and greater Seattle community, they let the most influential ballerina take the stage.   Misty Copeland traveled to a different city every day last week promoting her most recent book, “Ballerina Body,” and eventually worked her way over to the West Coast after two-a-day meet and greets in the Midwest. The San Pedro, Calif., native ended her busy week just 30 minutes inland of her hometown, but not before she took a detour through the Pacific Northwest.The event was titled “An Evening with Misty Copeland,” and unlike the other lectures of the Equity and Difference series, this one had a twist. Copeland was joined on stage by Valerie Curtis-Newton, a professor from the School of Drama, who facilitated the 90-minute Q&A event in front of a sold-out crowd. 
While the focus was on “Ballerina Body,” Copeland’s history was too big to be ignored. She first became a household name when she was named a principal dancer at the American Ballet Theater (ABT). Copeland was the first black woman to receive this honor in the 75-year history of the ABT. She was known as a protege when she first began to dance, as she started much later in her adolescence than most dancers. With decades of experience under her belt and two published works prior to this one, Copeland has become a mentor and an idol for young women. One of her ways of giving back was through her latest book. Over the years, Copeland has fielded many questions regarding her eating habits, self-care, cross training, and more. She published “Ballerina Body” to answer those and any other curiosities her fans may have.“I just …

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