Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland Brief Biography

Misty Copeland
Misty Danielle Copeland (born September 10, 1982) is an American ballet dancer for American Ballet Theatre (ABT), one of the three leading classical ballet companies in the United States. On June 30, 2015, Copeland became the first African American woman to be promoted to principal dancer in ABT's 75-year history.

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

Misty Copeland News

• Misty Copeland and Sandra Oh lend their voices to characters on 'Peg + Cat'
• Misty Copeland marries longtime boyfriend Olu Evans
• Misty Copeland to star in Disney's live-action 'Nutcracker'
• Oprah delivers inspiring speech at Essence Festival

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