Misty Copeland
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Misty Copeland was born on September 10, 1982 in the United States. She is an American Ballet dancer who is described as the first African American female soloist for the American Ballet Theatre. Copeland didn’t study Ballet until she reached her teenage years; training at the San Pedro Dance Center, Misty was en pointe within 3 months. By the age of 14, Misty Copeland was the winner of a National Ballet contest whilst also winning her first solo role. One of the Ballet’s that Copeland performed in was The Nutcracker in which she had the role of Clara (this was after only 8 months of studying Ballet). She was also given a larger role in Don Quixote, a featured role in The Chocolate Nutcracker and many more. At the age of 15, Misty won first place in the Music Center Spotlight Awards. After this, she began studying at the Lauridsen Ballet Center. In 2001 Misty joined American Ballet Theatre’s Corps De Ballet. In 2002, she was chosen by ABT’s director, Kevin McKenzie, to compete for The Princess Grace Award and in 2007 to compete for The Erik Bruhn Prize. Later that year, she was promoted to the rank of Soloist with The American Ballet Theatre. In 2008, Misty was honoured with The Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the Arts. Misty was honoured with induction into the Boys and Girls Club National Hall of Fame in the spring of 2012.

 

Misty Copeland – Solo