I’ll have to admit Boogie Wonderland is one of my favorite Earth, Wind and Fire songs. Also one of the soul best collabs of all time. I mean, you can’t help but dance when you hear it. (See: video) Speaking of dance, it’s only fitting that we kick off the #BHMonCM series with dance. For new readers, I’m a former dancer, technically trained. Yes, like ballet and shit. Word to Drake. Let’s get into this list.
I’ll be remiss if I didn’t include one of my favorite dancers in this list. I became a fan of Misty Copeland while I was dancing because she was one of the only black dancers in the Discount Dance Supply catalog. Every month I would look in there to see what leotard she was wearing and ask my mom to purchase it. Fast forward years later, she made history last year by becoming American Ballet Theatre’s first black woman principal dancer. It seemed like an overnight success to some but not realizing that she has been pursuing this dream for a number of years. With endorsements from Under Armour and most recently Seiko, Misty has changed the face of ballet and inspiring the next generation of ballet dancers. Continue reading →
When I found out that Under Armour tapped Misty Copeland as one of their stars for their I Will What I Want campaign, I bout lost my mind. Lol. Let me explain… I have been following Misty Copeland for about 10 years now. As a former dancer, I remember when she modeled leotards for the Discount Dance Supply catalog and I would convince my mom to buy all the leotards that Misty modeled. (Sometimes I succeeded in my plea) I mean, being a black ballet dancer back then was very slim to none. I’ll admit most of my dance classmates (all black) enjoyed jazz and hip hop over ballet. But me? I LOVED ballet. The elegance and precision needed to pursue ballet was right up my alley. So when I saw Misty grace those catalog pages, it gave me hope that was okay to be black and a ballerina despite what my classmates felt. She became my role model not just for dance but in life. To see one of my role models on major campaign with an major athletic company, I felt a sense of pride like a proud family member. From the Boys and Girls Club to American Ballet Theatre to an Under Armour campaign. She has arrived! Not to mention, she went on a worldwide tour with Prince. Yes, THE Prince! What I admire the most though is she’s been working at her craft for YEARS. It may seem she just arrived on the scene because of all this “newfound fame” but in reality, she’s been grindin for a long time. Consistency and hard work. #message
Seeing her perform live and meeting her is one of my dreams. Maybe I’ll get to interview her for Cultured Mosaic. 😉
Enjoy the video and understand that I’ll be posting many entries about Misty Copeland in the future. Cool?