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People are awesome: Dancer Misty Copeland has broken barriers to bring ballet center stage

Lindsey Smith

When Misty Copeland was discovered at age 13 by a ballet instructor at her local Boys & Girls Club in Cali, she was so poor that she’d never seen a ballet, heard of ballet or knew what a ballerina looked like. She spent part of her teen years living in a single motel room with her mother and five siblings, hungry. Today, at 30 yrs old, she is the 1st black female in two decades to be a soloist at the American Ballet Theatre. Her story is inspirational & shows a fighter's work will pay off!

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