Misty Copeland Quotes

  • Don't hold on to the barre like, 'I might die.' It's just ballet.
  • You have to be the one promoting yourself. If you don't think that you're worthy, you're never going to make it.
  • Barack Obama being President of the United States doesn't mean racism has disappeared. It's all a process, and we have to be aware that the work never ends.
  • I've always approached my career and my life, you know, one day at a time, as if this was the last day that I'm going, because you never know as an athlete and as a dancer. You never know what can happen today, tomorrow.
  • I was on a path. I was going to become a principal dancer. I never let my mind rest.
  • Before dance came into my life, I don't really remember having any major goals or dreams of wanting to be anything.
  • More often than we realize, people see in us what we don't see in ourselves.
  • Perseverance has always just been something that was in me. And it was a tool that came in very handy as a ballerina.
  • All you can do is be your best self. I've always felt that I had to be that much more aware of how I present myself. I'm representing more than just me. I think every person should think that way.
  • Every time I step onto the stage, it's not only proving to the audience that I'm capable but to myself.
  • I think American Ballet Theatre is setting that standard now for classical ballet, that you can dream big, and it doesn't matter what you look like, where you come from, what your background is.
  • I didn't want to be the best at anything; I just wanted to blend in. And that was kind of my existence throughout my family experiences at home of just kind of blending in in the background through my other siblings, which was easy to do.
  • There are no taking days off. There are no distractions. If I had that, I physically wouldn't be capable of going onstage and performing live theater. It's extremely demanding. I have to be in ballet class every day.
  • To be empathetic to everyone around you, I think, is such a powerful thing to hold.
  • I want to bring awareness to the lack of diversity in ballet, and feel like that's a large part of my purpose.
  • Being in ballet class, being on the stage, being surrounded by my peers at American Ballet Theater every day, keeps me so humble and grounded. Being in ballet class, I feel, is like this meditation for me every morning.
  • Every time I dance, I'm trying to prove myself to myself.
  • Be strong, be fearless, be beautiful. And believe that anything is possible when you have the right people there to support you.
  • Finding ballet was like finding this missing piece of myself.
  • I never thought of myself as special or particularly good at anything. But once I started ballet, suddenly I had a new identity: prodigy.
  • I'm definitely influenced by the music. We dance to music, and you have to listen to it and phrase your dancing and movement in a certain way to compliment the music. We have to work hand in hand, the dancer and the music.
  • My childhood is a part of my story, and it's why I'm who I am today and why my career is what it is.
  • Being the only African American at this level in American Ballet Theater, I feel like people are looking at me, and it's my responsibility for me to do whatever I can to provide these opportunities in communities to be able to educate them.