The film opens Friday, in Los Angeles, at Laemmle Theatres.
At its best the film details the tenacity with which Ms. Copeland has pursued excellence as a world-class ballerina, overcoming obstacles with grace, dignity, modesty and humanity — not to mention sheer darling-ness. And with a ballistic high leg extension! Her elegant struggle inspires women.
In the Q & A following the film screening, Robyn Gardenhire, artistic director of City Ballet of Los Angeles, a former pioneering African American corps de ballets dancer with American Ballet Theatre and a friend of arts•meme, shared thoughts and feelings about her career and racial issues in classical ballet.
All photos by Dana Ross.