Misty Copeland Promoted to Soloist American Ballet Theatre

Misty Copeland joined the American Ballet Theatre in 2000, and became a member of the corps de ballet in 2001. It had been two decades since the ABT had had an African American female soloist and In 2007 Copeland became second African American female soloist in the company’s history.




Copeland joined ABT’s Studio Company in September 2000, then joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet in April 2001. She was appointed a Soloist in August 2007 and a Principal Dancer in August 2015. Her roles with the Company include Gamzatti, a Shade and the Lead D’Jampe in La Bayadère, a leading role in Birthday Offering, Milkmaid in The Bright Stream, the Fairy Autumn in Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella, Blossom in James Kudelka’s Cinderella, Swanilda and the Mazurka Lady in Coppélia, Gulnare and an Odalisque in Le Corsaire, Mercedes, Driad Queen, the lead gypsy and a flower girl in Don Quixote, Duo Concertant, the Masks in Christopher Wheeldon’s VIII, the Firebird in Alexei Ratmansky’s Firebird, Flower Girl in Gaîté Parisienne, Zulma and the peasant pas de deux in Giselle, Queen of Shemakhan in The Golden Cockerel, the Waltz in Les Sylphides, Lescaut’s Mistress in Manon, Clara the Princess, Columbine and one of The Nutcracker’s Sisters in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, Bianca in Othello, a Gypsy in Petrouchka, the Lead Polovtsian Girl in the Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor, the Saracen Dancer in Raymonda, Cowgirl in Rodeo, Juliet and a Harlot in Romeo and Juliet, Princess Florine in The Sleeping Beauty, Odette-Odile, the pas de trios, a cygnet and the Hungarian Princess in Swan Lake, the Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, leading roles in Bach Partita, The Brahms-Haydn Variations, Monotones I and Symphonic Variations and roles in Airs, Amazed in Burning Dreams, Baker’s Dozen, Ballo della Regina, Birthday Offering, Black Tuesday, The Brahms-Haydn Variations, Brief Fling, Company B, Désir, Gong, Hereafter, In the Upper Room, Overgrown Path, Pretty Good Year, Private Light, Raymonda Divertissements, Sechs Tänze, Sinatra Suite, Sinfonietta, Thirteen Diversions, Within You Without You: A Tribute to George Harrison and workwithinwork.




Misty Copeland

Other Happenings in 2007



  • Jan 4 The 110th United States Congress convenes and elects Nancy Pelosi as the first female Speaker of the House
  • Apr 18 The Supreme Court of the United States upholds the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act
  • Dec 17 Republic of Lakotah asserts independence from the United States


  • May 16 Niicolas Sarkozy becomes the 23rd President of France
  • Jul 25 Pratibha Patil is sworn in as India’s 1st female President
  • Oct 17 The Dalai Lama receives the United States Congressional Gold Medal
  • Oct 29 Argentina elects its first female President: Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner

Arts and Sciences

  • Jan 9 Apple Inc CEO Steve Jobs announces the iPhone
  • Jan 11 J.K. Rowling finishes the 7th and last Harry Potter novel
  • Feb 28 Jupiter flyby of the New Horizons Pluto-observer spacecraft
  • Jun 10 61st Tony Awards: Spring Awakening and The Coast of Utopia win


  • Jan 27 Australian Open Women’s Tennis: Serena Williams beats Maria Sharapova
  • Feb 4 Superbowl XLI, Indianapolis Colts beat Chicago Bears; MVP: Peyton Manning, Indianapolis, QB
  • Jun 14 61st NBA Championship: San Antonio Spurs beat Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Jul 7 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Lowest ever seeds contest final, Venus Williams (23rd seed) beats Mario Bartoli (18th seed)
  • Dec 29 New England Patriots become the first team in NFL history to finish the regular season 16-0


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