Misty Copeland has come from a background of adversity and a broken home, overcoming body issues and an eating disorder to become one of the most recognized and renowned ballerinas of her time. On top of that, her crowning achievement is being the first black principal dancer for the American Ballet Theater (ABT). Misty Copeland led a troubled home life, and didn’t even start dancing until the age of 13. She is so inspiring because of the fact that she started considerably late for her field, and has not only flourished in it, but helped create its modern face. Most successful dancers tend to go from cradle to studio, and dance their entire lives, yet she managed to accomplish in two years what many never see come to fruition.
Copeland has overcome many struggles, a huge one being her body. In the dance world, the slim and boyish physique is highly sought after, and when she stopped fitting that image, Misty fell victim to an eating disorder. However, she didn’t let that stop her. With the help of those around her, she overcame it, and learned to accept her …show more content…
She is inspirational, strong and passionate in what she does and works for, as I strive to be myself. However, I believe one of my best qualities is my caring nature towards others, which lets them look to me for help or guidance. I often take on the “group mom” persona, this entailing being willing to help those around me with any problems they have, physical or emotional. People tend to trust me and my guidance, and listen to what I have to say. They look and listen because they feel that they know I will take good care of them and handle the situation. I feel that softness and kindness are are incredibly necessary to be a strong leader, yet they are never emphasized as much. A little kindness goes a long way, and I feel that it will help me move up in leadership roles, because people respect and trust the person who always helps
She takes her role of mother seriously, even when she didn't have time to process that she was going to be a mother. Her fast abilities to adjust to situations and not freak out while continuing in her journey of raising
With all the situation that have been going on during her dancing career many people have put her color of her skin and body type get in her way but that has not stop her following her dreams. One of her famous quotes that did not her stop to follow her dream would be is “ I design my shots. I walk the rehearsal as the camera and say this is where I want to be... I want this look.”
The story of Misty Copeland has always interested me in many ways. I may not be an African American but the thought of her not being extremely skinny and still making her way up to principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre has encouraged me to accept my body the way it is and just dance from the heart. She has shown the world what it’s like to follow your own path no matter what road you take to get there. “Dancing Toward Diversity”, talks about Copeland in a very positive way. She’s been given so many opportunities to make dancers aware of the problems with diversity in ballet, even so far as the American Ballet Theatre creating scholarships for kids of color to help pay for them to attend their summer intensives.
They would cheer each other on no matter what. Laurie contributed to her team by helping them win medals, training all day every day to help them win meets which eventually lead them to the Olympics, all while being the best that she could be. Laruie’s highlights were winning silver on the beam at the 2016 Olympics and helping her team go on to win gold overall in the Olympics. She also was champion of Dancing With the stars in 2016 , she was the youngest contestant to ever win. Some of Laurie’s characteristics are that she is a thoughtful and a driven person.
Passionate, open-minded, worldly, hard-working, leadership skills Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. She points her pale finger at a word and I say, “Legislature.” She pauses, and then repeats the word, “Legislature.”
In Amina Gautier’s “Dance for Me” an African-American adolescent girl that attended a private school passed through different physical and emotional changes to fit in society. The girl is the narrator, her name is never mentioned clearly, she said that her first name was a last name. At the beginning, she started describing uniforms from different schools, and also how girls from other schools were classified. One day, she was in the bathroom trying to roll her skirt like the other girls in the school when a girl called Heather, who was a white girl, started to talk to her and asked her to show a famous dance called the Running Man. Weeks later, many different girls requested her to teach the dance, and she never rejected because she was becoming
“[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” (“Misty Copeland
She shows a lot of integrity and strength with her career. She is also very smart and intelligent at what she does. I admire her because we have a few things in common. She had a stepfather who she admired just I did. They divorced soon after she was born, my parents divorced too.
Reminded of my own feelings of anticipation at my first audition many years ago, the young dancers seated on the floor watched me - now a lead dancer - standing confidently at the barre. The youngest, a three-year old, bursting with excitement, bombarded me with non-stop questions: Can you show me how to do that combination again? How long does it take to become a real ballerina like you? I was filled with joy knowing she viewed me as her role model.
In Misty Copeland’s case, what others thought was her flaw, helped to become her pride. She had always been told that she had too big of a body build to be a dancer. This instead worked out in her favor because it helped her build more muscle and become a stronger and more graceful dancer even if she worked twice as hard as
As Simone said, “ today do what other won't so tomorrow you can accomplish what others can't.” Simone Biles had a tough childhood but with a lot of hard work she became the gymnast she is today. Simone Biles was tough but she had a really tough childhood and school life. Simone Biles was homeschooled at 13 because she had been adopted by her grandfather because her mom was a drug addict. Her grandmother Nelie her adopted mom homeschooled her so Simone could do more gymnastics.
But first, you should have clarity of your own identity and knowledge. Once you have your own foundation with being a leader, I think that as a leader you can transition and understand the behavior of others that may be on your team. When acknowledging others on the team, I think that it is important to identify strengths and weaknesses of others and the team. As you can see, I have outlined what I believe makes a great and effective leader.