The ballerina Misty Copeland has had a meteoric rise under unique circumstances. Rivka Galchen writes:
"Copeland is considered an unlikely ballerina: she is curvy and she is black, neither of which is a common attribute in the field. But it is her very late beginning and rapid attainment of virtuosity that are arguably without precedent for a female ballerina."
Photograph by Pari Dukovic