Misty Copeland

Ballet Dancer
Born Sep 10, 1982

Misty Danielle Copeland is an American ballet dancer for American Ballet Theatre (ABT), one of the three leading classical ballet companies in the United States. Stylistically, she is considered a classical ballet dancer. In April 2015, she was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Misty Copeland.


1982 Birth Born on September 10, 1982.


1994 - 1996 2 More Events
…  At fifteen years old, Copeland won first place in the Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Awards at the Chandler Pavilion in March 1998. … Read More
1999 16 Years Old 1 More Event
Copeland auditioned for several dance programs in 1999, and each made her an offer to enroll in its summer program.
In the 2000 Summer Intensive Program, she danced the role of Kitri in Don Quixote. … Read More


2003 20 Years Old 1 More Event
Early career reviews mentioned Copeland as more radiant than higher ranking dancers, and she was named to the 2003 class of Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch".
The 2004 season is regarded as her breakthrough season.
2005 22 Years Old In 2005, her most notable performance was in George Balanchine's Tarantella. she also danced the Lead Polovtsian Girl in "Polovtsian Dances" from Prince Igor.
2006 23 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2006, she was acknowledged for her meticulous classical performance style in Giselle and created a role in Jorma Elo's Glow–Stop. … Read More
Copeland's "old-style" performance continued to earn her praise in 2007.
Her summer 2008 Metropolitan Opera House (the Met) season performances in Don Quixote and Sleeping Beauty were also well received.
2009 - 2010 2 More Events
In early 2011, she was well received at the Kennedy Center as the Milkmaid in Ratmansky's The Bright Stream, a remake of a banned comic ballet.
In 2012, Copeland began achieving solo roles in full-length standard repertory ballets rather than works that were mostly relatively modern pieces.


2013 30 Years Old 1 More Event
Upon her return to the stage, she danced the Queen of the Dryads in Don Quixote in May 2013. … Read More
In May 2014, Copeland performed the lead role of Swanilda in Coppélia at the Met. … Read More
In March 2015, Copeland danced the role of Princess Florine in The Sleeping Beauty at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, California. … Read More
In January 2016, Copeland reprised the role of Princess Florine in The Sleeping Beauty at the Kennedy Center, choreographed by Ratmansky.
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