Misty Copeland

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Misty Copeland
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Misty Copeland dancing in Coppelia in 2014
Misty Danielle Copeland

(1982-09-10) September 10, 1982 (age 37)
Kansas City, Missouri, United States
ResidenceManhattan, New York City, United States
EducationSan Pedro High School
OccupationBallerina with American Ballet Theatre
Years active1995–present
Home townLos Angeles, California, United States

Misty Copeland (born September 10, 1982) is a ballet dancer for American Ballet Theatre (ABT). She made history in 2007 as the third African American to be promoted to the rank of soloist in two decades. She is the fourth African-American soloist, and the first in two decades with ABT.[1]

On June 30, 2015, Copeland became the first African American woman to be promoted to principal dancer in ABT's 75-year history [2][3][4]

She starred as Odette in George Balanchine's Swan Lake. Copeland is considered a prodigy because she rose to stardom despite not starting ballet until the age of 13. She is the fourth African-American soloist, and the first in two decades with ABT.[1]

The ABT is one of the three leading classical ballet companies in the United States.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Jim Farber. "This Swan is More than Coping". Los Angeles News Group. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  2. Cooper, Michael (30 June 2015). "Misty Copeland Is Promoted to Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theater". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  3. Catton, Pia (30 June 2015). "Misty Copeland Promoted to Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theatre". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  4. Feeley, Sheila Anne (July 1, 2015). "Historic 1st for ballet company". A.M. New York. p. 3. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  5. The others are the New York City Ballet and San Francisco Ballet). Jennings, Luke (2007-02-18). "One step closer to perfection: The best of Balanchine lights up London – but Stravinsky in Birmingham must not be missed". The Observer. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 2008-08-26.

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