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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