NEW YORK (PIX11) -- When is a ballerina not an athlete?
That was then -- this is now.
Misty Copeland is the new face, body and attitude of ballet.
From her ripped calves, to her undaunting determination, a little African American girl who started ballet late at 13 years old at the Boys and Girls Club in Kansas City.
Now wants the world to know: She is a ballerina and an athlete.
From a child to a trailblazer, training for ballet is no different from sports.
An hour and half ballet class to 8 hour rehearsals, 7 days a week.
Not only is she the third African American soloist for the American Ballet Theater, but also one of the first female faces of Under Armour.
As she trains as Clara in the Nutcracker, you see the science of motion, balance, footwork and precision, the same qualities athletes use --like her favorite team the, Golden State Warriors.
Her legion of fans are endless, all hoping and wishing one day they too can be the next Misty Copeland.
Misty will continue her dreams as she dances in The Nutcracker at the Brooklyn Music Academy from Dec. 12 through 21.