Misty Copeland‘s passion for ballet didn’t start till she was 13 years old. It is not the typical start for a professional dancer. She was told her body wasn’t ‘quite right’ for ballet. As a woman of color she has curves that were not like most ballet dancers but it wasn’t something she could change and it wasn’t something she was going to let deter her from her dream of dancing. Misty is now a professional dance, a soloist ballerina – the first Black soloist at the American Ballet Theater (ABT) in 20 years. Learn about Project Plie, an initiative to get a more diversified pool of dancers into the ABT.