Misty Copeland #2

Misty Copeland #2

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  • We are going to stay here until things settle in.
  • You have the physique of a dancer and you should consider taking ballet classes at the boys and girls club.
  • mhmmm maybe... I'll ask my mom.
  • That sounds great. Lets go tomorrow.
  • Mom ? My teacher wants me to go try out ballet class at the boys and girls club. Can I go ?
  • DelaCerna moved with all of her children into two small rooms at the Sunset Inn in Gardena, California. My mom helped me start my ballet training after we settled into our new life. I was happy that my life has turned out to a new a beginning. I was confident that my mom was going to help her kids the way she couldn’t before. I had hope in her, hope in me.
  • I thought my life has just began right there, well it didn’t. It was 1996, the year my whole life changed. I was 13 and I was about to leave class when my teacher told me that I had the physique of a dancer and I should consider taking ballet classes at the boys and girls club. I thought about it for a while, I was nervous.
  • I told my mom about it and she was happy for me.
  • She took me to the boys and girls club and there I was, standing in front of all of them kids in the ballet room with Cynthia Bradley, nervous. My palms were sweaty and I was shaking. It took me time to settle in and finally, I danced like there was no tomorrow. It took me 3 months to be a perfect ballet dancer but it was worth it. I let my dancing speak, not my words.
  • I went to ballet class one day and Ms. Bradley told me she would have to give up ballet but she didn’t want me to give up. She offered to host me, and my mom agreed to this.
  • I moved in with Ms. Bradley and her family and started training there. I was still able to see my family though. I spent the weekdays with the Bradleys and the weekends with my mother. For three years my life was like this. Bradley homeschooled me for 10th grade so I can focus on ballet more. It’s like I missed a year of important information for life.  
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