It's Just For Fun Friday! On JFFF, we review items and activities that you can do with your kids in order to increase their cultural competence and diversity awareness.
I absolutely love Misty Copeland! If you have never heard of her, Misty is the first African-American to become the principal ballerina for the American Ballet Theater. She is stunning, poised, graceful - incredible. I did ballet when I was young. I wasn't that good; I just didn't have the passion necessary to develop significant talent. But I have always loved watching dance and been interested in this incredibly physically demanding activity. So watching Misty Copeland and all that she has overcome to become the very best in virtually the entire dance world is incredibly inspiring.
This documentary about her dance life illustrates what a wonderful role model Misty is for all kids. If you hone your natural talent, find role models and mentors, and work your butt off - you can achieve anything. Even the thing that was supposed to be impossible for someone of your race, ethnicity, and physical build. I was mesmerized by Misty's story and her dancing. If you have a child that loves dance, or is just passionate about what they do, this documentary is a must watch.
So, check out the video and then print out the page below for a quick list of potential questions, comments, and activities as you all watch the movie together. There is also a link to buy Misty's Barbie doll - which may just end up in my child's stocking this holiday season...
What do you think about Misty Copeland's accomplishment? Do you think that she is a good role model? For all kids or just those interested in dance? Leave a comment below.
Most of all, enjoy. And don't forget to HAVE FUN!
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