A Ballerina's Tale

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Iconic ballerina Misty Copeland made history when she became the first African-American woman to be named principal dancer of the legendary American Ballet Theater. Get the incredible, behind-the-scenes story of how she overcame a tumultuous upbringing and near career-ending injuries to become one of the most revered dancers of her generation. More than just a ballet success story, Copeland's journey is a hugely inspirational, universal tale of perseverance.

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  • A Ballerina's Tale is far from an exhaustive or even complete documentary, but George... captures the behind-the-scenes grit required of any great artist while also making it clear why this artist is more important than most.

    Feb 8, 2016 | Full Review…
  • As an examination of how idealized conceptions of the ballerina have fed racial homogeneity in the industry, A Ballerina's Tale sticks with stuff we already know.

    Jan 15, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Stay for the end credits, which include a tribute to the (sadly few) black ballerinas who came before Copeland; you suspect, watching footage of the little girls who eagerly wait after performances, that many more will follow in her graceful footsteps.

    Nov 19, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Ultimately fails to deliver the sort of inspirational uplift that should have been a given.

    Oct 23, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Warm, compelling, slightly adoring.

    Oct 22, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    John Anderson

    Newsday
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  • A worthy story gets flat-footed treatment in Nelson George's portrait of ballerina Misty Copeland.

    Oct 18, 2015 | Full Review…

    Scott Tobias

    Variety
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