Copeland believes: "The history of classical ballet has always been solely focused on the woman and the ballerina, so she clearly has a bigger role in any full length ballet than any man would. I don't know that going back in time and revisiting these classics there's ever going to be equality, because the roles were created the way they were. But, moving forward, there's definitely a way to have [equality]."
Copeland further explained that she hopes that more works will be done going forward that bends gender roles or gender-specific movements, and argued that presenting classical ballets is a way for audiences to realize how much work still needs to be done.
And our favorite part?
Her shining advice for young dancers of color:
"[I've always] felt it was my responsibility to go out and find Black dancers that I could connect with and relate to, because I wasn't seeing it on the stage. I think it's important not to get caught up in the fact that they're not surrounded by people that look like them, but to embrace their individuality, and their uniqueness. I would say to these dancers to work hard, and try not to get so bogged down by the fact that you're a Black dancer, but that you're just a dancer."