Misty Copeland

Taylor Dunlap

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Dance Training

Misty started dancing at her middle school, there she was chosen to be drill team captain. Her instructor at the time encouraged her to take ballet classes at a a nearby studio. Her ballet teacher realized early on that Misty was a prodigy. She then went on to take summer intensive classes at San Francisco Ballet, Lauridsen Ballet Centre, and most importantly American Ballet Theatre. She joined ABT and reached the rank of a soloist. She is now a principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre.


She has been in many of dances such as La Bayadére, Firebird, The Nutcraker, and variety of others.

Significant in Ballet World

Misty Copeland is significant in the ballet world because she was the first African-American dancer to be appointed as principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre.