Misty Copeland

ballet dancer Misty Copeland

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.
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Essential Arts & Culture: Museums facing fires, Misty Copeland onstage, and Broadway's new 'Hamilton'
LATimes - 2 months
Fires and art. Misty Copeland lands in Southern California. And a new lead for “Hamilton.” I’m Carolina A. Miranda, staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, with the week’s most important culture news: CULTURE AND THE FIRES Both the Getty Center and the Skirball Cultural Center were temporarily...
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Misty Copeland on diversity in dance, her 'Nutcracker' princess and coming home for the holidays
LATimes - 3 months
America's most famous ballet dancer returns to Southern California to dance the role of Clara in American Ballet Theatre's "The Nutcracker" at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. She recalls her first time dancing the holiday classic, her childhood shyness and her upcoming movie.
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Misty Copeland Becomes a Face of Estée Lauder, and Ballet Takes Note
NYTimes - 7 months
An endorsement deal is seen as a vote of confidence in the popular appeal of ballet — and especially of Ms. Copeland.
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Essential Arts & Culture: Misty Copeland and Dudamel, 'Heisenberg' uncertainty, authenticity in casting
LATimes - 7 months
A ballerina and the LA Phil. Broadway stars on the stage. And a look at the meaning of authenticity when it comes to casting. I’m Carolina A. Miranda, staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, with your weekly dose of all things culture: Copeland and Dudamel team up Two of American Ballet Theatre’s...
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What Happens Just Before Show Time at the Met Opera, in 12 Rooms You’ll Never See
NYTimes - 8 months
We walked through the Met with a steadicam on the busiest week of the year. (Featuring: Misty Copeland, Toscanini’s head, wigs, harps and a snow yak.)
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Sally Field Doesn't Care If You're Sick Of Actors Talking Politics
Huffington Post - 8 months
The 2017 Tony Awards were a celebration of Broadway’s best and brightest, and for Tony-nominated actress Sally Field, it was also a celebration of Planned Parenthood.  On Sunday night, Field, who was nominated for Best Leading Actress for her role in “The Glass Menagerie,” tweeted a picture of herself pointing at a gold PP pin on her dress.  “Sick of hearing actors talk re: politics?” she asked in the tweet’s caption. “Too bad, I won’t stay silent while politicians attack our rights. Proud to #StandWithPP.” Sick of hearing actors talk re politics? 2 bad I won’t stay silent while politicians attack our rights. Proud to #StandwithPP #TonyAwards pic.twitter.com/197VcICzgl — Sally Field (@sally_field) June 11, 2017 Later on Sunday night, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards tweeted that the feeling was mutual:  We really like you! https://t.co/qlwcASymgX — Cecile Richards (@CecileRichards) June 12, 2017 Field has long been a vo...
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Critic's Notebook: Misty Copeland’s Down-to-Earth Debuts in ‘Don Quixote’ and ‘Giselle’
NYTimes - 9 months
As with many of Ms. Copeland’s performances, she was best in low-pressure moments, and more captivating as an actor than a dancer.
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When Ballet Is Your Life, What Does Life After Ballet Look Like?
Huffington Post - 9 months
For a generation of ballerinas, Wendy Whelan was a walking goddess. The former New York City Ballet principal dancer joined the company at 17, and was quickly singled out for promotion and praise. She served as a muse for multiple then-up-and-coming choreographers and would go on to have more new ballets made for her than any other dancer in the company’s history. She became the defining American ballerina of her generation. All the while, she says in a new documentary, she was asking herself, “What the fuck is it going to be like when I can’t do this any more?” In 2013, she found out. At the time, Whelan was 46 years old, which is all but ancient by ballerina standards. Ballet is so punishing on the body, and the standard demanded by top companies so high, that most women peak by their 30th birthdays and retire not long after. When Misty Copeland was promoted to the top rank of American Ballet Theater in 2015, it was a bittersweet moment: she’d been promoted at last, but a...
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Misty Copeland on Loving Yourself
Yahoo News - 9 months
Misty Copeland, ABT's first African-American principal dancer, is a model of strength when it comes to overcoming adversity in the world of ballet. Watch the video to learn her thoughts on self-love in the age of photo filters and plastic surgery.
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The New York Times Will Offer A Special Section For Kids This Weekend
Huffington Post - 10 months
Tiny journalism enthusiasts, rejoice! The New York Times announced on Thursday that it will be offering a special section for kids on Mother’s Day. Offering a mix of stories related to news, arts, science, travel sports, opinion, and food, it will appear in the Sunday, May 14 edition of the print newspaper. According to the press release announcing the the special section, “Readers will not only have fun, but will learn some new tricks, including how to write a newspaper story; how to win an argument with your parents; how to make the best homemade slime imaginable (written by a 13 year-old!); how to bake a chocolate chip cookie pizza; how to nail the spelling bee; how to go big with a 16-year-old aspiring Olympic snowboarder; how to design your own superhero (with help from Marvel); how to make a killer paper airplane (with help from NASA); how to make your own crossword puzzle (with help from Will Shortz), and much more.” There’s also an article called “How Did You Get Yo...
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Misty Copeland, a Ballerina With Real Acting Chops
New York Times - 10 months
Ms. Copeland takes on Kitri and Giselle this season. The key? Diving deep. “It’s making the character so much more important than the steps,” she says.
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This Teen Dancer Went Viral For Her Body Image. Now Comes The Aftermath.
Huffington Post - 10 months
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Misty Copeland
  • 2016
    Age 33
    In 2016, Copeland won a Shorty Award for Best in Dance in Social Media. Copeland and her husband, attorney Olu Evans, live on Manhattan's Upper West Side. The couple were introduced to each other around 2004 by Evans' cousin, Taye Diggs, and disclosed their engagement in a 2015 cover story in Essence magazine. They married in California on July 31, 2016.
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    In 2016, Mattel created a Misty Copeland Barbie doll.
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    She is also set to voice herself on a 2016 episode of the animated TV series, Peg + Cat.
    In February 2016, Copeland and President Barack Obama were interviewed together in the first of a three part video series with Time and Essence magazines on topics of race, gender, achievement and creating opportunity for young people.
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    Her spring 2016 schedule also includes leads in ABT productions of The Firebird, La Fille Mal Gardee, Le Corsaire, The Golden Cockerel, Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet.
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    In January 2016, Copeland reprised the role of Princess Florine in The Sleeping Beauty at the Kennedy Center, choreographed by Ratmansky.
  • 2015
    Age 32
    After her promotion as principal dancer, Copeland was named one of Glamour Women of the Year for 2015; one of ESPN's 2015 Impact 25 athletes and influencers who have made the greatest impact for women in sports; and, by Barbara Walters, one of the 10 "most fascinating" people of 2015.
    She also became a brand ambassador for Seiko in 2015.
    In November 2015, she announced a third book, Ballerina Body, planned to be a health and fitness guide.
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    In October 2015, she performed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert accompanied by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who played "Courante" from Bach's Cello Suite No. 2.
    Copeland was included in the 2015 International Best Dressed List, published by Vanity Fair.
    In July 2015, a black and white book, Misty Copeland: Power and Grace, was released by photographer Richard Corman, with an introduction by Cindy Bradley.
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    In May 2015, she was featured on 60 Minutes in a segment with correspondent Bill Whitaker.
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    A Ballerina's Tale, a documentary film about Copeland, debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2015 and released through video on demand and in limited release in theaters in October 2015.
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    When ABT brought Ratmansky's Nutcracker to Segerstrom Center for the Arts in December 2015, Copeland reprised the role of Clara.
    According to the 2015 documentary about Copeland, A Ballerina's Tale, until Copeland, "there had never been a Black female principal dancer at a major international company".
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    On June 30, 2015, Copeland became the first African-American woman to be promoted to principal ballerina in ABT's 75-year history.
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    She was selected for the 2015 Time 100.
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    In May 2015, she played Cowgirl in Rodeo, Bianca in Othello and Zulma in Giselle.
    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.
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  • 2014
    Age 31
    In 2014, Copeland was named to the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Hartford for her contributions to classical ballet and helping to diversify the art form.
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    In June 2014 at the Met, she danced the Fairy Autumn in the Frederick Ashton Cinderella, cited for her energetic exuberance in the role by Hochman, who missed the "varied texture and nuance that made it significantly more interesting" in the hands of ABT's Christine Shevchenko.
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    In May 2014, Copeland performed the lead role of Swanilda in Coppélia at the Met.
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  • 2013
    Age 30
    Copeland reprised her role as Gulnare in June 2013 in the pirate-themed Le Corsaire.
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    Upon her return to the stage, she danced the Queen of the Dryads in Don Quixote in May 2013.
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  • 2012
    Age 29
    The Firebird was again performed at the Met in June 2012, with Copeland set to alternate in the lead.
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    A 2012 feature in Dance Magazine stated that Copeland's "classical repertoire... has deepened in artistry with each season.
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    In 2012, Copeland began achieving solo roles in full-length standard repertory ballets rather than works that were mostly relatively modern pieces.
  • 2011
    Age 28
    Her Summer 2011 ABT solos included the peasant pas de deux in Giselle and, in Ratmansky's The Bright Stream at the Met in June, her reprise of the Milkmaid was called "luminous, teasingly sensual".
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    In Black History Month in 2011, Copeland was selected by Essence as one of its 37 Boundary-breaking black women in entertainment.
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    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.
  • 2010
    Age 27
    In 2010, after recovering from a stress fracture, Copeland performed in Birthday Offering at the Met and at the Guggenheim Museum danced to David Lang's music.
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  • 2009
    Age 26
    In 2009, Copeland created a role in Aszure Barton's One of Three.
  • 2008
    Age 25
    Her 2008–09 Annenberg Fellowship included training for the Pas de Deux.
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    During the 2008–09 season, Copeland was praised for performances in Twyla Tharp's Baker's Dozen and Paul Taylor's Company B. During the 2009 Spring ABT season at the Met, Copeland performed Gulnare in Le Corsaire and leading roles in Taylor's Airs and Balanchine's Pas de Deux from Swan Lake.
    Her summer 2008 Metropolitan Opera House (the Met) season performances in Don Quixote and Sleeping Beauty were also well received.
  • 2007
    Age 24
    Also in 2007, she created a leading role in C. to C. (Close to Chuck), choreographed by Jorma Elo to A Musical Portrait of Chuck Close, Études 2, 9 & 10, by Philip Glass.
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    Copeland was appointed a soloist at ABT in August 2007, one of the youngest ABT dancers promoted to soloist.
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    In 2007, she danced the Fairy of Valor in The Sleeping Beauty.
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    Copeland's "old-style" performance continued to earn her praise in 2007.
  • 2006
    Age 23
    In both 2006 and 2007, Copeland danced the role of Blossom in James Kudelka's Cinderella.
    In 2006, she was acknowledged for her meticulous classical performance style in Giselle and created a role in Jorma Elo's Glow–Stop.
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  • 2005
    Age 22
    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.
  • 2004
    Age 21
    Also in 2004, she met her biological father for the first time and regretted that she had not done so sooner.
    She was included in the 2004 picture book by former ABT dancer Rosalie O'Connor titled Getting Closer: A Dancer's Perspective.
    The 2004 season is regarded as her breakthrough season.
  • 2003
    Age 20
    In 2003, she was favorably reviewed for her roles as a member of the corps in La Bayadère and William Forsythe's workwithinwork.
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    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".
  • 2000
    Age 17
    In September 2000, she joined the ABT Studio Company, which is ABT's second company, and became a member of its Corps de ballet in 2001.
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    Of the 150 dancers in the 2000 Summer Intensive Program, she was one of six selected to join the junior dance troupe.
    In the 2000 Summer Intensive Program, she danced the role of Kitri in Don Quixote.
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  • 1999
    Age 16
    She performed with ABT as part of its 1999 and 2000 Summer Intensive programs.
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    Copeland auditioned for several dance programs in 1999, and each made her an offer to enroll in its summer program.
  • 1998
    Age 15
    Late in 1998, all parties appeared on Leeza Gibbons' talk show, Leeza, where Copeland sat silently as the adults "bickered shamelessly".
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    The custody controversy was highly publicized in the press (especially Los Angeles Times and Extra), starting in August and September 1998.
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    Copeland attended the summer workshop at the San Francisco Ballet School in 1998.
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    At fifteen years old, Copeland won first place in the Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Awards at the Chandler Pavilion in March 1998.
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  • 1996
    Age 13
    In early 1996, Cantine convinced Copeland to attend a ballet class at her local Boys & Girls Club.
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  • 1994
    Age 11
    By 1994, Copeland's mother had separated from Robert.
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  • 1982
    Born on September 10, 1982.
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