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A Ballerina's Tale (2015)

Unrated | | Documentary | 14 October 2015 (USA)
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A feature documentary on African American ballerina Misty Copeland that examines her prodigious rise, her potentially career ending injury alongside themes of race and body image in the elite ballet world.


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Credited cast:
Misty Copeland ... Herself
Deirdre Kelly Deirdre Kelly ... Herself
Susan Fales-Hill Susan Fales-Hill ... Herself
Leyla Fayyaz ... Herself
Brenda Dixon Gottschild Brenda Dixon Gottschild ... Herself
Robyn Gardenhire Robyn Gardenhire ... Herself
Alicia Graf Mack Alicia Graf Mack ... Herself
Daisha Graf ... Herself
Victoria Rowell ... Herself
Gilda Squire Gilda Squire ... Herself
Bevy Smith Bevy Smith ... Herself
Tracey Kemble Tracey Kemble ... Herself
Raven Wilkinson Raven Wilkinson ... Herself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kara Kamari Kara Kamari ... Herself
Cameron Koa Cameron Koa ... Himself


A feature documentary on African American ballerina Misty Copeland that examines her prodigious rise, her potentially career ending injury alongside themes of race and body image in the elite ballet world.

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14 October 2015 (USA) See more »

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Ballerina mod alle odds See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$9,388, 16 October 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$96,900, 22 November 2015
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2 March 2016 | by westsideschlSee all my reviews

Not clear whether the mixed race parents she spoke about were her biological parents or her adoption parents. It would have been a more complete and accurate life story to know the relations between those parenting groups. Also missing was the vast turmoil that dominated her early life in regard to who was guiding her, and with the substratum of economic ramifications. Not discussed and certainly an important part of her story.

If it wasn't constantly conveyed that she has some African genetics (i.e. she's black), at first I thought that she was Mediterranean or perhaps near/middle East or even India subcontinent. So the biracial emphasis seemed almost displaced, and also that she was told by her mother to always check the "black" box unless it was for advantages in economic and other affirmative action assistances.

Again, strange that even though she was promoted as a trail blazer for women of color in ballet, it was only towards the end that there was acknowledgment of such women present in that art from half a century and more previously (especially in the more accepting Europe). Most egregious was the lack of mention of Maria Tallchief who went to even greater ballet acclaim world wide despite an even more discriminatory cultural, political and economic milieu for Native peoples than was faced by African-Americans (an easy history check if doubted). Making me question the accuracy of "A Ballerina's Tale" were two comments concerning Balanchine where he was intimated to be a primary source of American ballet's supposed obsession with overly white ballerinas, yet guess who he championed - Maria Tallchief.

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