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At the same time, it made me so hungry to push through, to carry the next generation.
So it’s not me up here—and I’m constantly saying that—it’s everyone that came before me that got me to this position.”“There are so many young African-American ballet dancers who stop me on the street or in the subway.
She is the third African-American soloist and first in two decades with ABT, where she has endured the cultural pressure associated with this role.
Copeland is considered a prodigy who rose to stardom despite not starting ballet until the age of 13.
While her dancing life was blossoming, Copeland’s home life was difficult, with Delacerna leaving her husband and the family later moving into a motel.
Delacerna and Bradley ultimately decided to allow the 13-year-old dancer to move in with her teacher’s family.
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“[My dance instructor] Cindy believed that ballet was richer when it embraced diverse shapes and cultures.
There would be times in my career when I would struggle to remember that, but I would eventually come back to that conviction, that the stage on which I performed was brighter for having me, even if some in the audience or dancing beside didn't always agree.”“I had moments of doubting myself, and wanting to quit, because I didn’t know that there would be a future for an African-American woman to make it to this level.