Misty Copeland

How She Overcame Obstacles to Reach Many Different Goals

The Theme of Misty's Life

You can be judged for your race, or not grow up in the best place, but if you keep faith in yourself you will reach your goals and not be a disgrace.
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Her Story

Misty Copeland came from a rough childhood, but in the end managed to become of of the nations most amazing dancers. She was born September 10, 1982 in Kansas City, Missouri, but was raised in San Pedro, California. Misty did not start her training until age thirteen, and when she did she trained at the Los Angeles Boys and Girls Club. She came from a family of six and when she was thirteen she moved in with her dance teacher. Although her childhood was a little bit rough, she managed to keep pushing through and not give up. After a lot of hard work and determination and being judged and bullied because of her race she joined ABT's studio company at the age of sixteen. The next year she became a part of the corps de ballet. During this time she injured her back because of a delayed onset of puberty. She continued working hard and being the best dancer she could be, and got one of her finest achievements yet. In 2007, Misty reached the rank of an ABT soloist. This is one of the many reasons she is so well known. She was the first African American female dancer in ABT's company. Misty has overcome many obstacles to get where she is today, and is now one of the greatest and most inspiring dancers of our era.

Some Things You May Have Seen Her In...

Misty has been a principal dancer at ABT for nine years and dancing in the company for sixteen. She has been in many different ballets around the world, here are a few of her greatest performances. Who knows, maybe you've seen some of them.
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Misty greatest accomplishment would probably be being the first African American female dancer in ABT's company. Yet even after that happened, she accomplished so many more things that made her a better dancer and person. She has been honored with many awards such as the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the Arts. She received and honorary doctorate from the University of Hartford for her Contributions to classical ballet and helping diversify the art form. Normally a dancer doesn't get recognition in magazines and tabloids, but Misty was named one of Time Magazines Top 100 Most Influential People. Even the president thinks she's amazing, considering he appointed her the President'c Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition. Misty was also named the National Youth Leader for Boys & Girls Club of America in 2013. She has also written a memoir called Life in Motion, and guess what?!? It's a New York Times Bestseller. Misty has overcome many things and her life, and in doing so she has accomplished so many great things that make her an inspiration to so many.
"I Will What I Want:" How Misty Copeland Beat the Ballet Odds

Works Cited

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A&E Television, Biography.com "Misty Copland Biography" Bio.com. A&E Networks Television, 2016. Web. 16 Mar. 2016

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