Misty Copeland is an American ballet dancer and the third African American soloist for the American Ballet Theatre. Breaking countless barriers, the Kansas native made her debut as “Clare” in Debbie Allen’s The Chocolate Nutcracker and won her first award at 15 years old as Los Angeles’ “Best Young Dancer.”
After securing multiple scholarships to some of the best dance companies for promising young performers, she landed a spot at ABT. She worked her way up from their Corps De Ballet in 2001, eventually becoming a finalist for the company’s Princess Grace Award in 2002 and soloist in 2007.
The 31 year old graces stages and magazine covers every year and is an inspiration to young women of color stigmatized by the physical standards of classical ballet companies. Outside of making her presence in the ballet realm, she stands as the new face for many brands that fail to spotlight ballerinas, especially those of color. Today, she is the face of Under Armour and set to release her memoir, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina, on March 4.
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