Misty Copeland’s career continues to make grand leaps. Sundance Selects has obtained U.S. rights to A Ballerina’s Tale, which focuses on a critical part in Copeland’s dance career.
In June, Copland became the first Black female principal dancer in American Ballet Theatre history. The documentary first follows her lead performance in Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird. She then suffers a painful injury, but recovered to return to ABT. The film also covers the issues of race and body image in the ballet industry.
A Ballerina’s Tale had its world premiere at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Sundance Selects will release the documentary in theaters and video-on-demand on Oct. 14.
Fast forward to August 19, Copeland will receive the trailblazer award at the 2015 Industry Dance Awards in Hollywood. You can read more about the awards on Variety.