Misty Copeland has struggled against prejudices and taboos to become the first Afro-American woman prima ballerina of the American Ballet Theatre. She is a hero and a role model for many girls. Still, she was humble enough to go back to school during her first visit to Havana. The good Misty shared a class at the Cuban National Ballet with artists of several categories.
This classy woman arrived in the building, wore her working suit and joined the class, just like any other simple student. Before staring, Copeland apologized for all the media hype around her, and noted she was honored to be sharing with them.
She may not have large jumps and many turns, like the ones grown in the Cuban school, but the American dancer exhibited a nice line and curious footwork, pointed some witness. After the class, Copeland praised the technical power of the Cuban dancers, their musicality, and the speed with which they are running steps, something unusual for her.
No Spanish? No problem… She was able to communicate perfectly through the language of dance, common to all the professionals there. Besides, she grew up watching Cuban stars such as José Manuel Carreño, Carlos Acosta, Xiomara Reyes and videos of Alicia Alonso.
Her visit to Cuba is part of programs driven by the authorities of both countries in order to stimulate the cultural relations between the peoples. She also met with students of Fernando Alonso National School of Ballet. Besides, she visited the headquarters of Acosta Dance Company and Ballet Lizt Alfonso, a Cuban choreographer just awarded by Michelle Obama herself.