15 Facts About Misty Copeland


Misty Danielle Copeland is an American ballet dancer for American Ballet Theatre, one of the three leading classical ballet companies in the United States.

Ballet is a type of performance dance that originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th century and later developed into a concert dance form in France and Russia.

Classical ballet is any of the traditional, formal styles of ballet that exclusively employ classical ballet technique.

American Ballet Theatre is a classical ballet company based in New York City.

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On June 30, 2015, Copeland became the first African American woman to be promoted to principal dancer in ABT's 75-year history.

African Americans are an ethnic group of Americans with total or partial ancestry from any of the Black racial groups of Africa.

A principal dancer is a dancer at the highest rank within a professional dance company, particularly a ballet company.

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Copeland was considered a prodigy who rose to stardom despite not starting ballet until the age of 13.


By age 15, her mother and ballet teachers, who were serving as her custodial guardians, fought a custody battle over her.


Meanwhile, Copeland, who was already an award-winning dancer, was fielding professional offers.


The 1998 legal issues involved filings for emancipation by Copeland and restraining orders by her mother.

A restraining order or protective order is an order used by a court to protect a person or entity, and the general public, in a situation involving alleged domestic violence, harassment, stalking, or sexual assault.

Emancipation is any of various efforts to procuring economic and social rights, political rights or equality, often for a specifically disenfranchised group, or more generally in discussion of such matters.


Both sides dropped legal proceedings, and Copeland moved home to begin studying under a new teacher who was a former ABT member.


In 1997, Copeland won the Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Award as the best dancer in Southern California.

Southern California, often abbreviated to SoCal, is a geographic and cultural region that generally comprises California's southernmost 10 counties.


After two summer workshops with ABT, she became a member of ABT's Studio Company in 2000 and its corps de ballet in 2001, and became an ABT soloist in 2007.

In ballet, the corps de ballet [kɔʁ də balɛ] is the group of dancers who are not soloists.


As a soloist from 2007 to mid-2015, she was described as having matured into a more contemporary and sophisticated dancer.


In addition to her dance career, Copeland has become a public speaker, celebrity spokesperson and stage performer.


She has written two autobiographical books and narrated a documentary about her career challenges, A Ballerina's Tale.

A Ballerina's Tale is a 2015 documentary film revolving around the career of Misty Copeland, who serves as the narrator of the film as well as its subject.


In 2015, she was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time, appearing on its cover.


She performed on Broadway in On the Town, toured as a featured dancer for Prince and appeared on the reality television shows A Day in the Life and So You Think You Can Dance.

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She has endorsed products and companies such as T-Mobile, Coach, Inc., Dr Pepper, Seiko, The Dannon Company and Under Armour.

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Danone is a French multinational food-products corporation based in Paris.

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