Misty Copeland went from living in a motel room with her mother and siblings, beginning ballet classes at the ‘late’ age of 13, to breaking the internet when it was announced that she had become the first African-American principal dancer at the prestigious American Ballet Theatre.
In 2014, Under Armour released an empowering commercial featuring Copeland, which instantly went viral, making “Misty Copeland” a household name. (press play above to watch)
Since then Misty has been breaking barriers left, and right, empowering girls all over the world, and proving that even if you do not possess the “typical” ballerina body, you can still become a ballerina legend.
After making history, gracing the covers of international magazines, and releasing her autobiography, Life In Motion, Misty is producing a drama set to take place in the world of dance. The untitled project, which has been set up at Fox through 20th Century Fox TV, follows a young, hip and diverse group of aspiring dancers as they fiercely compete for places in a top ballet company.
Along with Fox, Misty has teamed up with Tracy Oliver, who co-wrote, and executive produced The Misadventures Of Awkward Black Girl web series. Oliver was also a writer on the ABC comedy Neighbors and recently staffed on Starz’s Survivor’s Remorse for the first two seasons. It’s been a whirlwind of a year for Oliver who also landed two features — Barbershop 3 and an untitled Girls’ Trip movie at Universal, which she is co-writing alongside Kenya Barris.
Be on the look out for Misty’s Dance Drama airing on Fox, soon.