Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A Misty Copeland Series will air on the Oxygen Network

This I will watch. I've always been intriqued with Misty Copeland's background and rise to fame as the first African American to be a soloist in over 2 decades at the American Ballet Theatre. Her story is amazing!


As the network's continues with its commitment to increase original programming, as it rebrands itself, Oxygen has announced what it calls "its aggressive development slate" with 4 new projects targeting "young, multicultural women."

The lineup includes "The Misty Copeland Project," a series that follows the star ballerina as she trains and mentors talented hopefuls from diverse backgrounds, who descend upon New York City to take on the next major step in their ballet careers. With the opportunity of a lifetime and chance to catapult to the top of the ballet world, these aspiring dancer's passion, commitment and hard work will be center stage in Misty's Master Class.

This will be one of a small handful of upcoming new Misty Copeland projects in the works. Nelson George is already working on a feature documentary on Copeland - the first black woman in two decades to be a soloist at the American Ballet Theatre, who. And in addition to George's doc, a scripted feature film on Copeland's life just may be coming to a theater near you in the future. Earlier this year, New Line Cinema optioned film rights to Copeland's memoir, "Life In Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina," which recounts her early struggles as a young dancer living in a welfare motel with her family. The book provides an insider’s look at the cutthroat world of professional ballet, telling a moving story of dreams and perseverance

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