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Misty Copeland, principal ballerina stars in new Disney movie

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Misty Copeland in the new movie The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Misty Copeland in the new movie The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

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Misty Copeland in the new movie The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

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Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms premiered October 29th in Los Angeles.  Misty Copeland, a principal ballerina, made her film debut Monday night at the Dolby Theatre.  

Copeland is the first ever African American principal ballerina in the dance industry.  Not only is she a professional ballerina, but she also has been a judge on dance shows, written several books and was named one of Time’s top 100 influential people in the world.

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Misty Copeland dancing in a Ballet

In a recent interview with the Associated Press, Copeland talks about the importance of being a black ballerina in the movie.  She says, “Eventually little kids are going to look at that and say ‘Oh that’s what a ballerina looks like.’” Copeland also talks about how her character will now live forever in this film and how little kids will be inspired by her.  Not only is Copeland a main character in the film but she stars alongside Keira Knightley, Mackenzie Foy, and Morgan Freeman. The movie premiers in theaters everywhere on November 2nd.  Click here for the full interview with Misty Copeland. 

Watch the trailer for the new movie below.

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Reese Schwarzentraub is a Senior this year.  She is on the Sartell Sabre Dance Team and attends studio dance as well. When she's not dancing or at school,...

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