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What if we saw more BIPOC Princesses and Ballerinas?

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What if we saw more BIPOC Princesses and Ballerinas?

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Written by
Misty Copeland
Netflix Jr.
Reading time
Reading time
3 minutes
Suited for
Topic suited for
6-10 years

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Children are continually exposed to negative representations and deficit language when talking about people of color. Representation matters when creating windows and mirrors for white children to learn about diverse groups of people, experience differences, and see images and storylines that honor the humanity of Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color.

Before you watch the video below, consider the following:

A young dancer aspires to be just like her idol, the famed “Firebird” ballerina who worked hard to achieve her own dreams.

Misty Copeland Reads “Firebird” | Bookmarks | Netflix Jr

In her debut picture book, Misty Copeland tells the story of a young girl–an every girl–whose confidence is fragile and who is questioning her own ability to reach the heights that Misty has reached. Misty encourages this young girl’s faith in herself and shows her exactly how, through hard work and dedication, she too can become Firebird.

Lyrical and affecting text paired with bold, striking illustrations that are some of Caldecott Honoree Christopher Myers’s best work, makes Firebird perfect for aspiring ballerinas everywhere.

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Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland

Misty Danielle Copeland (born September 10, 1982) is an American ballet dancer for American Ballet Theatre (ABT), one of the three leading classical ballet companies in the United States. On June 30, 2015, Copeland became the first African American woman to be promoted to principal dancer in ABT’s 75-year history.

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