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15 Facts About Misty Copeland

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

Reality television is a genre of television programming that documents supposedly unscripted real-life situations, and often features an otherwise unknown cast of individuals who are typically not professional actors, although in some shows celebrities may participate.

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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.

Seiko Holdings Corporation, more commonly known simply as Seiko, is a Japanese holding company that holds subsidiaries which manufactures and sells watches, clocks, electronic devices, semiconductors, jewelries, and optical products.

T-Mobile International AG was a German holding company for Deutsche Telekom AG's mobile communications subsidiaries.

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

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