Woman Crush Wednesday | Misty Copeland Mentors School Kids Through Arts Program

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Dancing queen Misty Copeland, the first Black principal dancer of ABT, gave a private dance lesson to a P.S. 284 student from Brooklyn on Monday at Steps on Broadway studio.

Through the elementary school’s Turnaround Arts program, which Misty’s a mentor of, Hyemel Roberts got to get up close and personal to the pioneer performer.

So, how did he spend it? Taking selfies (duh!) and dancing of course. Or, judging by the above pic, making each other dizzy with their Kid-n-Play like spin.

The Turnaround Arts program aims to use the arts to reform high risk schools.

A topic Misty and POTUS Obama likely touched upon in their intimate convo about race and opportunity with Time earlier this month. Read the full transcript here.

Keep it on pointe, Misty.

Misty Copeland Launches Girl Empowerment Group in Rwanda | Karrueche Visits Nigerian Orphanage

It’s Woman Crush Wednesday and we’ve got a double header for you.

Remember when Bey told us girls run the world? Well, she wasn’t lying because Misty and Karrueche’s efforts prove they do. The beyond the borders beauties took on Africa in the name of worthy causes.

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Misty Copeland just wrapped an eight day (Nov. 12-19) journey to Rwanda. The first Black principal dancer of ABT was in the East African nation to show children “how to use dance as a tool to transition street children into education.”

As the cultural ambassador to MindLeaps, an org dedicated to helping “street children develop their mental skills through a specific dance pedagogy,”she shared her testimony. And became so inspired by theirs she launched a MindLeap Girls Program, which offers dance classes, counseling, vocational training to out-of-school girls.

Not leaving the boys out. Misty visited where two MindLeap boys live.

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And showed 60 Rwandan boys some new dance moves.

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Misty topped off the inspiring trip by choosing a recipient for her scholarship. ***Drumroll*** It’s Ali Sibomana. He’s shown so much promise through MindLeap he’ll move on to a local boarding school.

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See how far a pirouette can take you kiddies?

Karrueche’s big heart took her all the way to West Africa. Nigeria to be specfic.

Chris Brown’s ex visited Hope for Survival orphanage in Abuja and received a warm welcome.

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The model/actress also visited a refugee camp that housed the #bringbackourgirls when some were rescued. Karrueche heard the mothers stories and witnessed their living conditions. A humbling experience she won’t soon forget.

Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit an IDP camp in Abuja where many of the #bringbackourgirlscame to. I remember seeing the#bringbackourgirls movement on social media but seeing it in person was a much different experience. I was able to listen to this mothers story of her journey from Northern Nigeria. It was very heartbreaking to hear and to see their living conditions. She said when it rains they have no choice but to stand and there is little to no work for her husband. I told her I admire her for her strength and I will pray for her and her family everyday. This was a very humbling experience for me-I cried at the thought of ever complaining about anything in life. It is unfortunate but I know God will protect them. We can not save the world but we can take small steps to help

Thanks Misty and Karrueche for giving us a glimpse into two underreported and overlooked countries. And lending much needed hand.

Misty Copeland Visits Local Boys & Girls Club

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Misty Copeland–the first Black principal dancer of ABT, in case y’all forgot–surprised some lucky  boys and girls at the Suncor Boys & Girls Club this week.  She was there for a tour of the soon-to-be opened Commerce City, Colorado facility.

According to The Denver Post, the club boasts a tech lab, teen room, art center and kitchen where kids can cook meals.

“The Boys and Girls Clubs are giving so many children an opportunity to dream bigger than what their communities may offer  for them or what their  family situations may be,” Misty says. ” I’m definitely proof of that.”

Misty started dancing at her hometown Boys & Girls Club at 13.

Now she’s watching 12 and-13-year-olds dance in front of her, CBS reports. The iconic dancer rounded out the visit by putting a personal note to future club members into a time capsule.

Always a class act.