A Ballerina Who Defies the Odds: Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland on breaking through ballet's color barrier.
2:29 | 08/08/14

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And finally tonight, the story of a little girl and a dream. Didn't begin dancing until she was 13 years old, but told she had the wrong body for it. She's our person of the week. Misty Copeland is a star. She reads a rejection letter in a new ad. Thank you for your application to our academy. You have the wrong body for ballet. And at 13, you are too old told considered. Tonight, more than 4.5 million views, she's now a force. We found her at New York's Lincoln center. A long way from Kansas City, Missouri. That's for sure. She boarded a greyhound bus, her mom worked multiple jobs. It's one of the stories, like a lifetime movie may come of it. Well, starting to dance late at 13, because a of a few coaches who saw something in her. You began in a basketball court. Within just two years, winning dance competitions. Within five years, a spot with one of the most prestigious ballet companies in the world. People looked at this body, and said this is not a ballet dancer. What did you hear? I'm black. We don't exist in the ballet world. I'm too muscular, short, my bust is too big. Tonight, there are little children dreaming of this. But proof, the dream can come true. And she's preparing to take the lead role in "Swan lake". You can give people a opportunity to be part of something to special. That's what it did for me. And so we choose misty

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