Misty Copeland, is breaking down barriers as the first black American ballet soloist at the historic American Ballet Theatre in 20 years.
If you think that is amazing, Misty Copeland, 29, did not start ballet classes until she was 13, which is very odd since most ballerinas are considered professionals at that age. Plus she didn’t started classes at a fancy ballerina/dance school; she started classes at the local Boys & Girls Club in Los Angeles.
According to her bio, following her classes at the Boys & Girls Club, at the age of 15, Misty won first place in the prestigious Los Angeles Spotlight awards and was named the Best Young Dancer in the Greater Los Angeles Area. Soon afterwards, she accepted a full scholarship to attend San Francisco’s Ballet’s summer training program and was offered a full scholarship in 2000, to attend American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive Program.
After many years of dedication and hard work, in 2007, she became the first African American female in two decades to earn the position of Soloist with the American Ballet Theatre.
Being a ballerina in America’s top Ballet company is hard enough, this profession takes intense passion, dedication, discipline, and talent to survive. There is no denying that Misty has what it takes however, she has noted that she has been passed over for classical and prestigious roles because of her skin color. Furthermore, she admits that she may have beaten out other candidates to be accepted into the company only because her complexion is fair skinned and not dark.
Misty Copeland is nothing short of amazing and you can catch her at the American Ballet Theatre – Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center, 65th Street & Broadway; New York, NY.