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The Rise of Misty Copeland: A Ballerina’s Tale

Misty Copeland is now the first African-American woman to be named a principal of American Ballet Theatre.


Photo Credit: The LoQuitor

Cool Facts about Misty Copeland

  1. She grew up in California in a tiny hotel room with her mother and five siblings.
  2. Prince pushed her to succeed and invited Misty to dance in his “Welcome To America” tour.
  3. As a little girl, she choreographed performances to Mariah Carey’s earliest hits.
  4. Copeland released two books in 2014. The first was the memoir Life In Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina. The second was a picture book aimed at young children titled Firebird.
  5. A commercial put her on the map.
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