Misty Copeland Ballerina

Misty Copeland (born September 10, 1982) is an American ballet dancer, described by many accounts as the first African American female soloist for the American Ballet Theatre (ABT), one of the three leading classical ballet companies in the United States (along with New York City Ballet and San Francisco Ballet). However, Anne Benna Sims and Nora Kimball, who were with the ABT in the early and mid 1980s respectively, preceded her. In this role as the third African-American soloist and first in two decades with ABT, she has endured the cultural pressure associated with it. Copeland is considered a prodigy who rose to stardom despite not starting ballet until the age of 13. By age 15, Copeland's mother and ballet teachers, who were serving as her custodial guardians, fought a custody battle over her. Meanwhile, Copeland, who was already an award-winning dancer, was fielding professional offers. The 1998 legal proceedings involved filings for emancipation by Copeland and restraining orders by her mother. Both sides dropped legal proceedings, and Copeland moved home to begin studying under a new teacher who was a former ABT member.

Personal details

Date of birth
September 10th, 1982
United States of America
Places lived
United States of America
pop. 316,128,839 (2013)
Los Angeles , California
pop. 3,884,307 (2013)


1. San Pedro High School School

San Pedro High School is a public high school in the Los Angeles Unified School District and is located in the San Pedro portion of the city of Los Angeles, California. In 2003, the school celebrated its 100th Anniversary.

Type State school
1001 W. 15th St., California
Official web page www.sanpedrohs.org
Wikipedia article

Institution social analysis

Notable alumni by gender

People attended San Pedro High School connected by profession and/or age

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b. 1951., Baseball Catcher
b. 1951., Baseball Center fielder

Written work

1.Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina

Editions Subjects Co-authors
2014. by Touchstone


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