Eric Tamm
A native of San Francisco, Eric began his dance training with tap and jazz. His ballet training began at age 14 at the Irine Fokine School of Ballet (2000-2003). After further training with American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company (2004-2007), he was invited to join the main company (corps de ballet) in 2007. Eric designated a portion of his Fellowship funds for acting lessons, which enabled him to step back from the technique of ballet and delve more deeply into the emotions and mannerisms of the characters he portrays.  He also created a dance film, titled  On a Grass Field, which had its premiere at the 2014 Chain New York City Film Festival.  With three former dance colleagues, Eric founded Ballet Mentor, a new online mentorship program for dancers.
Misty Copeland, principal
A Principal with American Ballet Theatre, Misty used her Fellowship to explore new avenues of dance with the Balanchine technique. She also gained a better understanding of choreography, and participated in workshops and seminars in arts leadership. Misty is ABT’s first black female Principal in twenty years. She joined the late musician Prince on part of his Crimson and Clover tour and appeared in the music video for the song. A great believer in the value of Boys and Girls Clubs, she was inducted into the organization’s Hall of Fame in 2012. Misty has authored several books:  her memoir, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina; a children’s picture book, Firebird; and the recently published Ballerina Body.  She served as a guest judge on the Fox network show So You Think You Can Dance.  She was also featured in ads for American Express, Coach, and Diet Dr. Pepper, and the “I Will What I Want” Under Armour campaign.  Misty served on President Obama’s Council on Fitness and Sports.  In 2015, she was named one of “The 100 Most Influential People” by TIME Magazine. Click here for more information on Misty Copeland.


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