American Ballet Theatre soloist Misty Copeland has been all over the news recently, promoting her revealing new memoir, Life in Motion. (If you don't have a copy yet, we suggest you get on that—it's a fascinating read.)

While it's great to see Copeland covered in mainstream news outlets, many of them—probably under pressure to "demystify" ballet for non-dance audiences—have been asking relatively superficial interview questions. A new Q&A in The Atlantic, however, digs a little deeper, especially when it comes to Copeland's thoughts on bodies and body image. (It ran in the magazine's online health section, which might explain the difference.)

When asked about what it was like to go through puberty as a dancer, Copeland responded thoughtfully: "As a professional, that’s the scariest thing to experience—your body changing—because that’s your tool," she says. "That’s your instrument and when it becomes unfamiliar, you don’t know how to work with it. So it was extremely difficult to experience puberty and my body changing at such a late age, 19, when I was already a professional."

But Copeland, whose book describes her struggles with weight in painful detail, now has a healthier perspective on body issues: "I think I’m proof that you don’t have to have all of the things people think you have to have in order to make it in this world," she says. "With the knowledge we have of our bodies, of working out, and of cross-training, I think it’s possible to train yourself to do anything."

Read the full interview here. And Copeland fans, let's just say you'll enjoy our June/July issue—stay tuned!

The Conversation
Viral Videos

Dreams, drama, and capital-D DANCE: The brand-new High Strung Free Dance trailer just dropped, and it is chock-full of everything we love.

Keep reading... Show less
The Royal Ballet's Vadim Muntagirov and Marianela Nuñez in La Bayadère. Photo by Bill Cooper, Courtesy ROH.

Do you ever wish you could teleport to London and casually stroll into The Royal Opera House to see some of the world's best-loved ballets? Well, we have a solution for you: The Royal Ballet's 2018-19 cinema season.

Whether live or recorded, the seven ballet programs listed below, streaming now through next October, will deliver all of the magic that The Royal Ballet has to offer straight to your local movie theater. Can you smell the popcorn already?

Keep reading... Show less
Ballet Training
Getty Images

Do you have any tips for starting at a new studio? How can I impress the teachers and make friends? —Jaclyn

Keep reading... Show less
Ballet Stars
American Ballet Theatre corps member José Sebastian (center) is launching the Hamptons Dance Project with a cast of fellow ABT dancers this August. Rochelle Brodin, Courtesy Hamptons Dance Project.

From coast to coast, and on the shores of Lake Michigan in-between, professional dancers and choreographers are going one step beyond putting together a summer pickup company. Some are now curating multi-evening festivals in their hometowns and beloved vacation areas, and featuring an impressive range of companies, dancers and dance styles. So get ready to plan your next trip—here are three dance fests in beautiful resort areas to keep on your radar.

Keep reading... Show less