As the principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland is attracting new audiences to see a ballet, many of whom are witnessing the beauty of the art for the very first time. It’s being dubbed “The Misty Effect.”
“The Misty Effect” describes the “unprecedented impact Copeland has on people who are either experiencing ballet for the first time, or they’re gaining a new appreciation for the art because of her contributions,” notes The Huff Post. As a ballerina of color, many black families travel to the Lincoln Center in New York City to see her perform during her rendition of the iconic, “Swan Lake.”
In this HuffPost Rise video, black attendees of all ages ― many of whom were attending a ballet for the first time ever ― share what it feels like to see a ballet featuring a woman of color front and center.