11/23/21 O&A NYC INSPIRATIONAL TUESDAY: Iman Shumbert & Daniella Win Dancing With The Stars

Iman Shumpert made history as first NBA star in 30 seasons of the show to take home the mirrorball. Shumpert made history on Monday night as the first former NBA player to take home the mirrorball trophy on Dancing with the Stars. Continue reading

10/24/14 O&A Shall We Dance: Misty Copeland at the 2014 Youth America Grand Prix Gala

Shall We Dance


 American Ballet Theater Soloist Misty Copeland dazzles on stage at New York City’s Edward Koch Theater performing a contemporary ballet choreography by Derek Hough of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars. Misty Copeland is the first African-American soloist to perform with the prestigious American Ballet Theater in over 20 years. In recent years Copeland has become one of the few ballerina’s to achieve celebrity status, particularly after performing at the Madison Garden with singer Prince. Her fascinating life and rise to fame is chronicled in her new auto-biography Life In Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina. Continue reading

10/21/14 O&A Inspirational Tuesday: Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina



The extraordinary memoir of Michaela DePrince, a young dancer who escaped war-torn Sierra Leone for the rarefied heights of ballet. Michaela DePrince was known as girl Number 27 at the orphanage, where she was abandoned at a young age and tormented as a “devil child” for a skin condition that makes her skin appear spotted. But it was at the orphanage that Michaela would find a picture of a beautiful ballerina en pointe that would help change the course of her life. Continue reading