Misty Copeland Premieres As The Lead Ballerina In Disney’s ‘The Nutcracker’


Contributed by Anaya Ray 

Misty Copeland, professional ballet dancer, will take her passion to the big screen in the new Disney movie “The Nutcracker and Four Realms,” where she will appear as the ballerina princess

The elegant ballet dancer believes in the importance of African-American women ballet dancers and hopes this role will continue to shed light on the power of representation.

During an interview at the premiere of “The Nutcracker” on Monday with the Associated Press, Copeland spoke upon the significance of having a black ballerina in a Disney movie and its impact on future generations, as reported by Huffington Post.

“I just think it’s so special that as a black ballerina, my character is going to live on forever in this film and eventually little kids are going to look at that and say ‘oh that’s what a ballerina looks like.”

She believes that this movie will be a great platform to expose people to ballet.

“[‘The Nutcracker’] is the perfect platform for people to be able to step into a movie theater and learn about ballet and maybe see it for the first time.”

Copeland wasn’t the only one who believed in representation for the movie, according to Variety, the producers of the film made representation a main priority.

Sara Smith, executive producer of “The Nutcracker”, stated her along with other producers made sure to incorporate diversity within the film.

“We were all really conscious of it; we wanted it to look like the world today,” Smith said. “That’s life, and we wanted to be reflective of that.”

In the movie, Copeland plays the lead dancer who must recover a stolen key in order to keep the fantasy world from being ruined.

Starring alongside Copeland in the Disney movie includes Morgan Freeman, Keira Knightley, Jayden Fowora- Knight, and Mackenzie Foy.

Besides her legendary role in “The Nutcracker”, Copeland has also made history as the first African American Female Principal Dancer with the distinguished American Ballet Theatre. 

Disney’s “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms”, directed by Lasse Hallstrom and Joe Johnston, will hit theaters on November 2nd.

“There’s a brown ballerina on the cover of the Nutcracker and the Four Realms Disney book.”

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