'Ballet was born in Italy more than 600 years ago and today it died'

By Ian Goldstein
Updated October 20, 2015 at 01:06 PM EDT
Credit: ABC

Misty Copeland knows it takes years of practice and preparation to master ballet. But on Monday night’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The American Ballet Theatre’s principal dancer tried her best to teach Jimmy Kimmel and sidekick Guillermo how to plié, perform a grand battement, and tie their shoes in just a few short hours.

Mispronouncing ballet terms and causing himself great pain, the “ballerino” — as he preferred to be called — still felt he was a prodigy. “Misty was nice, but she was a little bit tough on us because ballet is a very competitive world,” Kimmel said. “And you just get somebody like me who shows up and is just immediately good at it.”

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However, Kimmel and Guillermo ran into a few male-related problems: “When you dance like I do, every ballet is the nutcracker,” the host offered in succinct but visually evocative explanation.

Watch the clip below to see the Copeland, Kimmel, and Guillermo perform together on the Brooklyn stage. (One of them looked a little more prepared than the others.)

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