Misty Copeland & Alison Stroming

You have to have this inner confidence to keep going. You have to be your biggest fan. You have to surround yourself with people who are going to be that for you when you have doubts and you have fears.

-Misty Copeland

American Ballet Theater soloist Misty Copeland talked self-assurance and the importance of community while on set with mentee Alison Stroming, a dancer with the Dance Theater of Harlem.

Misty Copeland is the third African-American soloist and first in two decades with the American Ballet Theater, where she has endured and succeeded under the immense pressure of performing as a soloist.

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