“Because the world is altering, because it grows extra various, if the ballet world does not evolve with it, then it may die,” Misty Copeland tells reporter Jenna Adae.
The American ballet star is one probably the most well-known black dancers on the planet.
She says that after George Floyd’s demise and the deal with Black Lives Matter, for the primary time in her 20-year profession, persons are beginning to take heed to her about the issue of variety inside the international ballet business.
She grew to become the primary black lady to develop into the principal dancer on the American Ballet Theatre in its 81-year historical past.
“There’s so many communities that aren’t going to assist an artwork kind that they really feel does not need them to be part of it,” she says.
As a part of Black Historical past Month, Newsbeat additionally speaks to different dancers in regards to the significance of position fashions and pre-conceived concepts about physique form.
Filmed and edited by Matt Wareham.
Comply with Newsbeat on