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Misty Copeland

26 Black Female Choreographers And Dancers You Should Know

Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 07.07.2015 | Black Voices

Last week Misty Copeland made history when she became the first African American principal dancer in the American Ballet Theatre Company. It is a ...

Dear Misty Copeland.... Thank You

Tiana Patrice | Posted 07.02.2015 | Black Voices
Tiana Patrice

You don't know me, and perhaps you never will, but I want to say Thank You. Thank You for giving my daughter and the daughters of this world something to look forward too.

James Thilman

Misty Copeland On Stepping Out From Behind The Other Swans

HuffingtonPost.com | James Thilman | Posted 07.06.2015 | Arts

Misty Copeland, American Ballet Theatre's first African-American female principal dancer in the company’s 75-year history, spoke about her c...

Misty Copeland's First Ballet Teacher Will Give You Many Feels Today

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 06.30.2015 | Arts

"I realized that I could put her body into positions and she could hold them and all of the positions were beautiful." Tuesday morning, the A...

Misty Copeland Becomes First Black Female Principal In American Ballet Theatre History

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 06.30.2015 | Arts

History was made in the ballet world this week when soloist Misty Copeland was promoted to principal dancer, thereby becoming the first black ...

Women on Top: On the Town, New York City Ballet Classic I and American Ballet Theatre's Giselle

Carla Escoda | Posted 05.28.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Broadway and ballet stages are not the usual first stop for those seeking images of female empowerment. But Friday and Saturday at Lincoln Center and ...

Composer Elliot Goldenthal: American Ballet Theater's Othello and Grounded at the Public Theater

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.21.2015 | Arts
Regina Weinreich

This week's opening of the American Ballet Theater's Othello at the Metropolitan Opera House, a version of Shakespeare's tragedy about the warrior king who succumbs to the manipulations of an ensign, and murders the love of his life, marks ABT's commitment to newer works.

Misty Copeland Dances In New Film Toasting 75 Years Of American Ballet

Carla Escoda | Posted 05.14.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Nearly a decade in the works, American Masters - American Ballet Theatre: A History feels more like an eccentric personal meditation, or a love letter to the art form, than a historical trek through the company's 75 storied years.

On the "A" w/Souleo: Dance Exhibition Celebrates 'Firsts' While Looking to the Future

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 06.22.2015 | Arts
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

There was the body of a civil rights leader shot down, and rising from that tragedy would be the bodies of young and motivated African-American dancers ready to lead the charge of challenging racism head-on in the world of dance.

Time Magazine Debuts 5 Striking Covers For ‘Most Influential People' Issue

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 04.16.2015 | Media

Time magazine revealed its annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World with five distinct covers, featuring ballet dancer Misty Copela...

New York Magazine + The Cut Say Goodbye to Fashion Week With a Rooftop Party in Gramercy

Nana Meriwether | Posted 04.26.2015 | Style
Nana Meriwether

New York Fashion Week parties came in with a bang and left just the same. On the night before the final day of shows, editor of New York Magazine, Adam Moss, hosted a party with The Cut at Gramercy Terrance located atop The Gramercy Park Hotel.

14 Books To Read This Black History Month

NBC News | Andrea Collier | Posted 02.10.2015 | Black Voices

February is not only Black History Month, but it is also the month when many titles by Black authors are released. 2015 kicked off with a wide selecti...

Meet The Ballerinas Of Instagram

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 02.05.2015 | Arts

American Ballet Theater icon Misty Copeland has over 402,000 followers on Instagram. To compare, athletes like Venus and Serena Williams have 89,500 a...

Finding Solutions to Ballet's Diversity Problem

Phil Chan | Posted 03.31.2015 | Arts
Phil Chan

Ballet's diversity problem can be distilled to two key obstacles: economics and lack of representation. We can directly address these issues in two concrete ways: by improving access to dance education for lower income students across racial lines, and by increasing representation of dancers of color on our stages.

The Hours Spent Out of School May Count More for Some Kids

Misty Copeland | Posted 03.15.2015 | Impact
Misty Copeland

Nobody expected me to become a ballerina, much less a soloist for the American Ballet Theater -- the first African-American in two decades. But I did. And now I'm living the dream of so many girls around the world.

The HuffPost Style Guide To What's In And Out For 2015

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson & Renee Jacques | Posted 01.14.2015 | Style

While we're all busy resolving to make this year even better than the last, there are some things to keep in mind. Namely, what's hot and what's not i...

There's No One Reason To Dance. In Fact, Here Are 39 Of Them

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 12.18.2014 | Arts

"To dance is to be out of yourself," Agnes de Mille famously proclaimed. "Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power, it is glory on earth a...

Complexions Contemporary Ballet Collaborates With Terence Blanchard to Celebrate 20 Years

Karim Orange | Posted 01.24.2015 | Arts
Karim Orange

This program consists of repertory favorites and three premieres. Included in the lineup, are appearances featuring special guest artists, including co-founder Desmond Richardson and American Ballet Theatre's Misty Copeland.

Ballerina Of Our Dreams Misty Copeland Is Getting A Reality Show

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 11.20.2014 | Arts

Reality television junkies with a passion for ballet that challenges the status quo, we know you're out there and we bear good news. Misty Copeland, t...

EBONY To Honor Top 100 Black Influencers Of 2014

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 11.20.2014 | Black Voices

Ebony Magazine has a history of celebrating influential African Americans. As usual, the magazine's annual 'Power 100' list of standout figures in...

Misty Copeland Talks Fashion, Memoir and Body Image

Mary Alice Franklin | Posted 01.08.2015 | Arts
Mary Alice Franklin

It's quite overwhelming to be in the presence of someone who crushes multiple stereotypes, and does it with grace. Misty Copeland is African American. She does not have the typical "ballerina's body." She didn't have access to classical ballet early in life, so she began dancing "late" -- at age 13.

An Unlikely Ballerina, The Rise Of Misty Copeland

The New Yorker | Rivka Galchen | Posted 09.16.2014 | Black Voices

On a recent August afternoon, near Nineteenth Street, two young girls with blond hair pulled back in ponytails ran past me, one of them calling out, ...

Ballerina Misty Copeland: No, All Black Women Don't Have The Same Body

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 09.11.2014 | Black Voices

Misty Copeland knows criticism is part of being a ballerina, but she's sick of the criticism focusing on things she can't change. In support of her...

Bringing Body Love Into Dance Class: A New Way of Teaching

Amanda Trusty | Posted 10.29.2014 | Arts
Amanda Trusty

Stand up straight. Pull your belly button in and up. Your stomach is sticking out. Pull it in. Don't be lazy. Suck it in. Tuck your booty under. Pull up. Chin high. Belly in. Squeeze the tushy.

We're Already So Excited For Misty Copeland's Movie And It Hasn't Been Made Yet

The Huffington Post | Jamie Feldman | Posted 08.15.2014 | Style

It's another good day for Misty Copeland fans.The awe-inspiring ballerina, who most recently wowed us with one truly amazing Under Armour commercial, ...