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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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1982 Birth Born on September 10, 1982.


1997 14 Years Old In 1997, Copeland won the Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Award as the best dancer in Southern California. … Read More
…  The competition was held at the Chandler Pavilion on March 24, 1998, and Copeland said it was the first time she ever battled nervousness. … Read More
Copeland auditioned for several dance programs in 1999, and each made her an offer to enroll in its summer program.
During that summer, she was told that she would likely be invited to stay after she graduated in 2000 and by the end of the summer she was asked to skip her senior year and join the studio company. … Read More


2003 20 Years Old 1 More Event
Early career reviews mentioned her as more radiant than higher ranking dancers. She was named to the 2003 class of Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch". … Read More
2004 - 2006 3 More Events
Copeland's "old-style" performance continued to earn her praise until her promotion to soloist in 2007.
Her summer 2008 Metropolitan Opera House season performances in Don Quixote and Sleeping Beauty were well received.
2009 26 Years Old In March 2009, Copeland spent two days in Los Angeles filming a music video with Prince, for the first single from his 2009 studio album Lotusflower, which was a cover of "Crimson and Clover". … Read More
2010 27 Years Old 1 More Event
In October 2010, she performed at the Guggenheim Museum to David Lang's music.
In February 2011, in honor of Black History Month, Copeland was selected by Essence as one of its 37 Boundary-breaking black women in entertainment. … Read More
2012 29 Years Old By late 2012, she was seeking publication of two books: a memoir and an illustrated youth book. … Read More


In January 2013, she announced that she was working on two books: a memoir under the Simon & Schuster Touchstone Books label and a picture book for the G. P. Putnam's Sons for Young Readers label.
In March 2014 Copeland's autobiography, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina, was released. … Read More
Copeland was selected for the 2015 Time 100. … Read More
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