American Ballet Theatre soloist Misty Copeland made history once again this week. She is featured on the cover of Time Magazine as one of The 100 Most Influential People of 2015.
Copeland's extraordinary skill and talent, her challenging childhood and the adversity she faced as an African American woman in a ballet world dominated by willowy, white ballerinas - not to mention the fame she realized when her campaign video for Under Armour athletic apparel went viral online - has made Copeland a celebrity and begun an important discussion of diversity and the future of dance. Copeland shared her story from a challenging childhood to the world stage on NPR with Diane Rehm.
As Raven Wilkinson , the first African American woman to dance with a major classical ballet company (the legendary Ballet Russes de Monte Carlo) is set to receive the Dance/USA Trustees Award this summer, Copeland is one of several non-white dancers starring in The Washington Ballet's "Swan Lake," cast by Artistic Director and diversity advocate Septime Webre. Hear the story.
Copeland has a memoir and a children's book on the market.
Marin Rose, Artistic Chair