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The Sleeping Beauty Ballet

During Spring Break Students from Eastern Michigan University's Bright Futures program at RMS and RHS attended The Sleeping Beauty ballet at the Detroit Opera House. The ballet featured renowned dancer Misty Copeland as Princess Florine. Copeland recently made history as the first African American Female Principal Dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre. When she discovered ballet, however, Misty was living in a shabby motel room, struggling with her five siblings for a place to sleep on the floor. A true prodigy, she was dancing en pointe within three months of taking her first dance class and performing professionally in just over a year,  a feat unheard of for any classical dancer. Misty is a true inspiration to young women and her true passion is giving back. She has worked with many charitable organizations and is dedicated to giving of her time to work with and mentor young girls and boys. In 2014, President Obama appointed Misty to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition. A special thank you to the University Musical Society in Ann Arbor for providing this experience to our students!