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Star Ballerina Misty Copeland and Awkward Black Girl Writer Tracy Oliver Teaming Up For FOX Dance Drama

Misty Copeland

There’s a lot going on for the Awkward Black Girl crew. Last week, we found out HBO’s finally moving forward with a comedy show by ABG star and co-writer Issa Rae. Today, we hear that ABG co-writer Tracy Oliver is working on a dance drama for FOX, with none other than American Ballet Theater principal dancer, Misty Copeland!

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The show, which still doesn’t have a title, will follow a group of young, diverse dancers all competing for spots at a top ballet company. So… Black Swan meets Mozart in the Jungle? In any case, Oliver and Copeland will be Executive Producing with Brian Dobbins, Peter Principato and Paul Young of Principato Young.

Oliver, like many of us, is a huge fan of Copeland’s, having become fascinated after reading a profile on her a couple of years ago. Oliver also has a performance arts background, having studied studied music, dance, and theater from elementary school through college at Stanford, and she was already looking to create a show in the dance space. Oliver knew Copeland would be the perfect person to work with on a future project, and she approached Copeland, who happily agreed to develop the show with her.

Not only is the world of ballet a great setting for stories and drama, I’m also thrilled to see two talented women of color — each of whom already has amazing years of experience in their respective fields — teaming up to create something awesome!

What do you think? Does this sound like a show you’ll be watching?

(via Deadline Hollywood; Image via Getty Images)

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