Misty Copeland talks about her new book series, ‘Bunheads’

The ballerina’s new children’s books are inspired by her early experiences in ballet.
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Transcript for Misty Copeland talks about her new book series, ‘Bunheads’
We are going to turn to the multi-talented misty Copeland, principle dancer of the American ballet theater and "New York Times" best selling author. She's written a new book called "Bun heads." Good morning to see you. So good to see you. Does my heart good to lay my eyes on you. Really does. I was a little concerned about you. You had a nasty injury right before all this happened. How are you doing? I know as always you turned it into a positive. Yeah. It's hard not to try and see the silver lining in bumps in the road and things that happen. Yes, I was preparing for performances with the American ballet theater at the Kennedy center and had to pull out the day before I was to be on stage with a back injury. I had a small procedure. Luckily I got that in a couple days before we went into quarantine. I've been taking this time to heal in every way, physically, emotionally, psychologically and try to use my voice and platform to help dancers around the world. You're doing that with swans for relief. You helped to co-found that. Tell people about that. Yeah. It's -- you know, it was really heart breaking to know that so many dancers -- this isn't just an issue in America. Globally with theaters being shut down and no way for us to make a living, dancers are finding it hard to keep a roof over their head and keep food on the table. I called on all my ballerina forces and we got 32 ballerinas from 14 countries. We came together and performed this iconic variation to raise funds for each respective dancer's covid relief funds for their company. We are more than halfway to our goal. You can go to go fund me and find swans for relief there. I'm sure people will do that. You really want people to understand what it means to be a dancer and is that part of the inspiration behind the series "Bun heads"? Yes, absolutely. There's so many negative connotations and tropes that are connected to ballet when you think about film and television and the way it's depicted in media. That's not been my experience as a young girl training in ballet school and as a professional. Everything I do I try and show the authenticity and the real life relationships that are formed in the dance world. We spend more time with our fellow co-workers than our own family. With "Bun heads" I wanted to show these beautiful relationships. It's this group of misfit characters that are actual people that have been in my life. They're the bun heads. That's the term of endearment we use for young dancers who can't take that bun out because they love ballet so much. These relationships -- that you can find strength in people's relationships. That's what young misty found in her best friend cat. It really is beautiful, misty. Thank you. The illustrations jump off the page. I couldn't help but notice the point shoes were different colors. It's so important to you as are the different dancers. That's something you really want to get across, especially in ballet. Diversity is so important to you, isn't it? Yes. It's something that's not even some superficial thing that -- it's like, oh, we'll give them brown shoes. The psychological and emotional scars that it leaves on -- has left on generations of dancers because it's these small ways of saying that we don't belong. If they don't have tights our skin color, if they don't have shoes our skin color, it's another way to exclude us. So, you know, I think it's powerful that we're slowly getting to that point where there are some companies offering different shades of point shoes and ballet slippers. We still have so far to go. You write to all my little bun heads, dance your dance, live your dreams. What do you tell those little girls and little boys who are a little frustrated right now because of the situation we're in and they're not able to dance? What is your message to them to be together? When I chose the illustrator for "Bun heads" I selected him because he draws super heros. Though he had never drawn a dancer and never did a book, let alone a children's book, I thought dancers are super heros and he was the perfect person for this. I think that's how young ones watching right now, our frustrations and feeling isolated and alone, just know dancers are super heros. I think they're the strongest people in the world. If we can get through this, we can get through anything. I think in the end we're going to all come back together and be stronger and have learned so much from this time and really just appreciate how much we mean to each other and how much that support system is such a huge part of being a dancer. Just to be patient. Enjoy this time of getting to go on YouTube and see professional dancers in their home and take ballet classes from them and all the things that are so special I think about this time and the silver lining. You are so special as always. Your grace, just so happy for you, misty. "Bun heads" it is beautiful. It's a series. It's coming out tomorrow.

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