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Performance Deconstruction: Black Swan Variation

Misty Copeland

Lesson time 3:18 min

All the techniques shown so far come together in a slowed-down version of Misty’s Black Swan variation. You’ll see Misty’s proper alignment for jumps and turns.

Misty Copeland
Teaches Ballet Technique and Artistry
American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Misty Copeland teaches you how to build your technique, embrace your story, and own your movement.
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- We established technical foundations in earlier chapters, so now you'll get a closer look at my form in motion, from multiple angles. Watch how I apply the placement principles from previous chapters. CREW: Ready, and action! [MUSIC PLAYING] - Practicing temps lies helped me build the strength and coordination I needed to execute an arabesque. Notice my alignment from my shoulders down. Here, I was able to get the height in my sissonne from building strength from plies. Remember those small but precise plies will help build power for you to jump. Plie and temps lie placement principles are applied here. You see me use temps lie to transition my body from arabesque to developpe. The rond de jombe helps prepare me to execute renverse. Remember, it's important to move your body as one unit.

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As the first African American female principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland made history. Now she’s one of the world’s most influential dancers, and she’s inviting you to the barre to develop a deeper appreciation for ballet and the language of dance. From pliés to partners, Misty demonstrates her techniques and teaches you to own your movement, own who you are, and do the dance only you can do.


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

I loved Misty's class. I would recommend this class for non ballerinas. Anyone can learn from and be inspired by her story.

I'm 77 and a relatively new painter. I find her story inspiring, encouraging, uplifting. Age is my "color" barrier, and Misty has given me a way to think about what I'm trying to do.

I enjoy learning about Misty's insights on foundation work, performance and artistry, and diversity. As well, what she learned from working with Prince: to embrace your individuality.

This master class helped me to fully believe in myself and to realize that improving my ballet technique is possible with daily concentration and passionate effort.