Misty Copeland

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  • Birth Name: Misty Danielle Copeland
  • Birth Place: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
  • Profession: Ballerina
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Fast Facts

  • Began studying ballet at the age of 13 at the Boys & Girls Club.
  • Awarded full scholarships to study ballet at both San Francisco Ballet School and American Ballet Theatre's Summer Intensive program.
  • Joined American Ballet Theatre's studio company in 2000 and was promoted to soloist seven years later.
  • Collaborated with Prince and danced with him on his Welcome 2 America tour.
  • Inducted into the Boys & Girls Club Hall of Fame in 2012 and named their National Youth of the Year Ambassador in 2013.
  • Became the first black woman to play Odette/Odile in an American Ballet Theatre production of Swan Lake in 2014.
  • Appointed by Barack Obama to the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.
  • Starred in an Under Armour commercial titled "I Will What I Want" that went viral with more than 10 million views.
  • Published her New York Times bestselling memoir, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina, in 2014.
  • Made history as the first black woman to become a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre in 2015.
  • Named in Time magazine's 2015 list of the 100 Most Influential People and appeared on the cover of the issue.
  • In 2015, made her Broadway debut as Ivy Smith in Leonard Bernstein's On the Town at the Lyric Theater.
  • Had a Barbie doll created in her likeness for the brand's Sheroes collection in 2016.

Relationships

  • Erica — Sister
  • Olu Evans — Husband
  • Douglas Copeland — Father
  • Christopher Copeland — Brother
  • Douglas Copeland Jr. — Brother
  • Sylvia DelaCerna — Mother
  • Lindsey — Half Sister
  • Cameron DelaCerna — Half Brother

Details

  • Birth Name: Misty Danielle Copeland
  • Birth Place: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
  • Profession: Ballerina

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