Women in Black History

Misty-Copeland-9 by . Misty Copeland, Author/Entertainer/American Ballet Dancer

Misty Copeland is an author and entertainer who, in 2007, made history by becoming only the third African American female soloist at the American Ballet Theatre. After beginning ballet at what some would consider a late age, it only took her 3 months to be en pointe, and Copeland’s career soon took off. Prevailing over multiple adversities and a very “imperfect” childhood she joined the American Ballet Theatre Studio Company in 2000 after receiving a full scholarship to their Summer Intensive Program. Before being promoted to the soloist position Copeland was personally selected by the company’s director to compete for several distinguished awards. She has starred in The Chocolate Nutcracker, The Firebird, The Sleeping Beauty, and Swan Lake upon countless other productions.


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