Misty Copeland promoted to Principal at American Ballet Theatre

When Misty Copeland was promoted to principal dancer in the American Ballet Theatre she became the first African American woman ever to hold that position in the company. She was also the first African American woman to star in Swan Lake at the MET with the ABT.







Born in Kansas City, Missouri and raised in San Pedro, California, Misty Copeland began her ballet studies at the age of 13 at the San Pedro City Ballet. At the age of fifteen she won first place in the Music Center Spotlight Awards. She then began her studies at the Lauridsen Ballet Center. Copeland has studied at the San Francisco Ballet School and American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive on full scholarship and was declared ABT’s National Coca-Cola Scholar in 2000.

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.


Misty Copeland


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