A Ballerina's Tale

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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  • ★★★½ review by Bethany on Letterboxd

    Do you enjoy watching ballerina movies? You'll probably enjoy this documentary. It's a cool story.

  • ★★★★ review by 'Becca'lise on Letterboxd

    Such a beautiful performer, so honored to have seen her dance in person twice. A must-see for Misty fans, for dance fans, and for anyone who still questions the fact that racism permeates every industry.

  • ★★★½ review by Phiona Kari on Letterboxd

    racism is RUNNING RAMPANT in the ballet world and these are only a few examples. But Misty changed the game becoming a Principal Dancer at the American Ballet Theater!

    This is a story of adversity, grace, and talent. Her talent leaves us in awe, and is surely inspiring an entire generation of young dancers.

    if you like ballet, or are simply curious to learn more about the amazing Misty Copeland, you cannot go wrong with this movie, and I would readily recommend you check this out.


  • ★★★½ review by AJNels4 on Letterboxd

    I love dance documentaries, especially those about ballet. And this was no exception. Misty Copeland is a magical, barriers-crushing, inspirational unicorn of dance and I loved watching her story.

    Until the last two minutes. So we watch her amazing story of hard work and perseverance, and at the end when her dreams have come true they show her walking past the Met and straight into the arms of some dude. Which at first might seem romantic. But there was at no point any mention of her romantic life before this. So the moral of the story is that if you push past boundaries, if you pursue excellence, if you are the most badass ballerina in modern history . . . then you get to live happily ever after with a man!!

  • ★★★★ review by Kathryn on Letterboxd


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