Diana Vishneva as Nikiya in La Bayadère. American Ballet Theatre. Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center, July 2010. Photo: MIRA. Vishneva made a terrific Nikiya, her steely technique operating under the guise of melting vulnerability. She’s one of the most accomplished actor-dancers around. If the multi-faceted passions she portrays seem synthetic at times–their lack of spontaneity is the giveaway–she often persuades even the most recalcitrant viewer to succumb to her spell.
Power and grace define Misty Copeland an influential ballet dancer who has broken through difficult barriers to become the first female African-American to be promoted to principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre. Misty has proven adversity can be conquered by reaching higher and working harder to define what is humanly possible, regardless of the path one chooses to follow their dreams. In Misty s own words, Finding your power doesn t have to be scary.