Success is not easy and I think everyone should know that hard work and perseverance and being open to giving back are so much more powerful than stepping all over people to get to the top.

— Misty Copeland

The most provocative Misty Copeland quotes that will add value to your life

You can do anything you want, even if you are being told negative things.

stay strong and find motivation.

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You can dream big and it doesn't matter what you look like, where you come from.

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My body is very different from most of the dancers I dance with.

My hair is different than most I dance with. But I didn't let that stop me. Black girls rock and can be ballerinas.

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The path to your success is not as fixed and inflexible as you think.

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You're always working to improve, and you're always being critiqued on your next performance. It's not about what you've done. There's always room to grow.

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I had no idea what I was walking into, and the years and years of hard work it would take. I felt like an outsider and like it was never going to happen. But even if I would have known, I think I still would have done it. Dancers are perfectionists, and that's what keeps us going and growing.

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Ballet found me. 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.

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I haven’t come from the typical path or background of someone who would make it to this level as a ballerina. When it came to my childhood-growing up in a single-parent home, often struggling financially-my mother definitely instilled in me and my siblings this strength, this will, to just continue to survive and succeed.

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I know I will never let myself be complacent in life.

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Going on stage and transcending the audience and becoming this otherworldly thing makes you a dancer. It's not so black and white.

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Different mentors throughout my life have supported and guided me to remember that I do have the strength, courage and talent to do whatever I want to do.

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I remind myself everyday just how lucky I am to do what I love! I feel so fortunate and I'm just trying to take my life one day at a time.

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About Misty Copeland

Quotes 93 sayings
Profession Author
Birthday September 10, 1982

It's difficult to exist as a woman, especially I think as a powerful woman.

You want to stand strong and you want to be considered and equal.

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Ballet.something pure in this crazy world

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I just want to leave a positive memory of setting an example and bringing our youth with us.

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I never knew I wanted to become a ballerina.

I was discovered at the age of 13. I had a love for movement even though I had no exposure to dance other than what I saw in music videos, like hip-hop music videos. But I knew that I loved moving.

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I don't believe in dieting, I don't believe in having certain moments in your life where you're healthy and then moments when you're like, "I'm going to eat whatever I want." It's just finding what works for your body and always eating healthy.

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I do think Under Armour is setting a new example for what a ballerina is, and that you can be feminine and an athlete and represent what a woman is at the same time.

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I do think that it's a responsibility when there are so few of us as African Americans to kind of get to that place of success in a positive light. We should take a stance and stand for something and use that platform for positivity.

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I'm a classical ballet dancer, and at the end of the day I want to be with American Ballet Theater, performing classical ballets.

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I'm a pescatarian, so I don't eat red meat or pork.

So my dinners usually consist of seafood in some way. And maybe cookies after!

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Meeting Raven Wilkinson and having her as a mentor, it was that kind of support from the generations that came before me that helped to lift me up and give me the confidence to then be able to give back and bring other minorities with me on this journey.

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I think that I'm so fortunate to have found classical ballet.

It completely changed my life and it shaped the person that I am today, on and off the stage.

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My first ballet class was on a basketball court.

I'm in my gym clothes and my socks trying to do this thing called ballet.

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I know that I'll forever be involved in ballet.

This is where my life was meant to be, and I don't see myself straying completely away, ever.

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Even if I weren't learning new roles and getting the opportunity to be coached by incredible people, I still think I would be so excited to have an opportunity to continue to push myself and grow, as an artist.

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It's really amazing that I was discovered and that I've been given these great opportunities to travel the world and work with amazing artists. I'm very blessed.

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When people meet me in person, they're usually surprised at how petite I am because there's just [an] idea that because I'm black I just look a certain way.

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I think anything that affects me in my personal life is going to help me be a better artist on stage.

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The word "prodigy" was thrown around a lot, but I didn't understand what that meant, or the weight of it. It didn't really mean anything to me, until I was older and could look back on it.

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What makes people and companies and artistic directors and choreographers interested in working with dancers is the ability to kind of let go of everything you think you know and be a blank canvas.

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Maybe I'm seeing myself in a different way than the people in the audience see me, 'cause to me, I think I look like a ballerina and I feel like a ballerina. But maybe I'm not seeing what other people are seeing.

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A lot of people think, "Oh I'm going to eat whatever I want and then go to the gym." And I've definitely been one of those people and it just doesn't give me the results that I need to have the physique of a ballerina.

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Going on stage and doing ballet, for the first time, was even more verification of, "This is what I'm meant to do. This is what I'm going to do. I'm going to make it somehow."

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My career came together very quickly.

I only trained for four years before I became a professional, so I didn't have a lot of time to sit back and be inspired before I took my first ballet class.

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The fact that I was African American was never addressed, and that allowed me to just be a student, like anyone else. I was not aware of how rare it was to be an African American, how rare it was to have four years of training under my belt, and how, even though I could imitate people and fake it, unprepared I was to become a professional.

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I've gotten nothing but warmth from the Black community and positive feedback.

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When I was younger, my feet would hurt a lot, but you build up calluses and strength and you don't feel as much pain there.

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I was 17 when I moved to NYC . I'm now 32. But I do know I can't see myself living anywhere else. I love the food, the fashion, art, the intelligence of this city and the people that live in it.

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Take advantage of the resources around you and the relationships you build!

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Just to get into a company like ABT is a dream come true, but to have all of these opportunities on top of it, I don't think it will hit me until I'm 70. I'll be like, "Oh, my god, remember that amazing life you had?" It's an incredible honor to be a part of something like ABT.

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I will never be the best dancer or artist. I will be growing until the day I retire.

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There are muscles that we have in our feet that most human beings don't even know that we have. The strength that we have is so detailed.

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Just as a child, before I ever knew what ballet was, there was something in me where I was always searching for something structured, something that was bigger than me, and something so historical that I could be a part of. I didn't find that until I stepped into the ballet world, and it was overwhelming, the feeling of being a part of something that's bigger than you.

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It takes a lot of money to be a part of the ballet world.

Both the training and the supplies are expensive, the shoes, the leotards and the tights.

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To have a platform like So You Think You Can Dance, where you're reaching this audience that's been created over the 10 years that they've been on the air. People who didn't know anything about dance and aren't going to go to the theater are learning about it, even if it's ballroom and jazz, by just turning their television ono. They're building this audience that's advanced and educated enough to introduce them to ballet.

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Once I became a professional, maybe 19 or 20, I really started to try to figure out who I was, as a woman and as an individual.

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I don't think every African-American or Latino have the same body type, but, yes, that's been one of the excuses ... saying that African-Americans are too muscular or just aren't lean enough. Usually they say, "Oh, they have flat feet so they just don't have the flexibility that it takes to create the line in a point shoe."

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I think most people don't really understand all that it takes to stand on your toes, and to be able to jump and land without any noise, or for a male dancer to be able to lift a girl. All of these things look so effortless, but there's an attention to detail and years of training, as well as being able to transform into a character and being able to meld all of those things together.

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