Renowned filmmaker Nelson George turns to the world of ballet in his latest on-screen gem for a special look on the phenomenal dancer Misty Copeland.

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A Ballerina’s Tale premieres on TV screens tonight, bringing viewers into the legacy of the first African-American woman to become a prime dancer at the American Ballet Theater in New York.

The Theater is considered by many one of the most important companies in the country, and George is able to capture just how scared and beloved this culture is on film. He depicts the motion picture as a memoir of Misty during her best and worst times. Misty’s story is a truly compelling one, reflecting on her well-known talents and experiences with the racial and body image standards of classical ballet.


A Ballerina’s Tale premiers tonight on PBS [check local listing].