Misty Copeland, Date of Birth, Place of Birth


Misty Copeland

American ballet dancer

Date of Birth: 10-Sep-1982

Place of Birth: Kansas City, Missouri, United States

Profession: actor, ballet dancer, dancer

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Virgo

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About 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.
  • Two years later, in 1998, her ballet teachers, who were serving as her custodial guardians, and her mother, fought a custody battle over her.
  • Meanwhile, Copeland, who was already an award-winning dancer, was fielding professional offers.
  • The 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.In 1997, Copeland won the Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Award as the best dancer in Southern California.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In 2015, she was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine, 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.
  • 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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