Misty Danielle Copeland
Born in Kansas City, Missouri
A late start compared to the traditional professional ballet world, Misty Copeland began ballet at age 13. Her natural skills progressed quickly as just five years later, she signed with the American Ballet Theater. Her unstable childhood in southern California resulted in Misty living with her ballet teachers, another way for her to focus on her blossoming career. Her first big production was the lead in Debbie Allen’s “The Chocolate Nutcracker” which garnished a multitude of media attention.
Rising to the ranks of soloist in 2007 as a member of American Ballet Theater, she was only the second African American female in history to do so. Continuing to break boundaries, Misty was promoted to principal dancer, the first to African American woman to ever be named principal in the companies 75 year history. Her forceful presence on stage propelled a variety of media attention for Misty. She was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2015.
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