Misty Copeland

Quick Facts

Full NameMisty Danielle Copeland
Date of BirthSeptember 10, 1982 (age 41)
Place of BirthKansas City, Missouri, U.S.
EducationSan Pedro High School
OccupationBallet dancer
Years Active1995–present
SpouseOlu Evans (m. 2016)
RelativesTaye Diggs (cousin-in-law)
Current GroupAmerican Ballet Theatre (ABT)
Career Highlights– First African American woman promoted to principal dancer in ABT’s history (2015)
– Won the Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Award as best dancer in Southern California (1997)
– Became ABT soloist in 2007
Notable AchievementsNamed one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the world (2015)
Notable Works– Autobiographical books
– Narrator of the documentary “A Ballerina’s Tale”
– Broadway performance in “On the Town”
– Featured dancer for Prince
– Reality TV appearances
EndorsementsT-Mobile, Coach, Inc., Dr Pepper, Seiko, The Dannon Company, Under Armour
Early Life– Raised in the San Pedro community of Los Angeles, California
– Father of German and African American descent, mother of Italian and African American descent
– Youngest of four children
– Mother was a former Kansas City Chiefs cheerleader and studied dance
– Did not formally study ballet or gymnastics until her teenage years

Misty Copeland Books

Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina2014
Black Ballerinas: My Journey to Our Legacy2021
Ballerina Body: Dancing and Eating Your Way to a Lighter, Stronger, and More Graceful You2017
The Wind at My Back: Resilience, Grace, and Other Gifts from My Mentor, Raven Wilkinson2022
Your Life in Motion: A Guided Journal for Discovering the Fire in You2018

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