Role Models & Stereotypes: Misty Copeland's Story

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Misty Copeland is a ballerina who recently became the first African American Principal Dancer for the American Ballet Theater in its long history. Copeland has talked publicly about the harmful influence of the stereotypes about being a ballerina and also how being the first African American Principal Dancer makes her an important role model for children of color.The lesson provides an opportunity for students to learn about Misty Copeland, reflect on her experiences and story and explore how stereotypes and role models influence career aspirations and decisions.

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