Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Five Videos Of Misty Copeland, American Ballet Theater Company Soloist

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post features five videos of American Ballet Theater Company Soloist Misty Copeland.

The content of this post is presented for cultural, entertainment and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to Misty Copeland for sharing her talent and skill with the world. Thanks to the publishers of these videos on YouTube.

"Misty Copeland (born September 10, 1982) is an American ballet dancer for 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).[1] She is the third African-American soloist and first in two decades with ABT, where she has endured the cultural pressure associated with this role.[2]

Copeland is considered a prodigy who rose to stardom despite not starting ballet until the age of 13...

In 1997, Copeland won the Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Award as the best dancer in Southern California. After two summer workshops with the ABT, she became a member of the Studio Company in 2000, a member of the corps de ballet in 2001, and a soloist in 2007.[5] Stylistically, she is considered a classical ballet dancer.[6] As a soloist since the autumn of 2007, she has been described as having matured into a more contemporary and sophisticated dancer."


Example #1: "I Will What I Want:" How Misty Copeland Beat the Ballet Odds

Fusion, Published on Aug 2, 2014

Misty Copeland, the ballerina featured in the Under Armor video "I Will What I Want" has had a hard path to be where she is today. In 2007, Copeland became the first African-American female soloist in two decades to be part of New York City’s acclaimed American Ballet Theatre. Fusion’s Alicia Menendez visited Copeland during a rehearsal, where they discussed Copeland's new memoir, "Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina" and how others have responded to her critique of the lack of diversity in ballet.

Example #2: Misty Copeland - I WILL WHAT I WANT

Under Armour, Published on Jul 30, 2014

Misty Copeland's destiny was not to be a ballerina. But will trumps fate.

Follow the Under Armour I WILL WHAT I WANT movement at

Example #3: Anaheim Ballet Special Guest: Misty Copeland!

AnaheimBallet, Uploaded on Jul 29, 2011

Anaheim Ballet: More Than Dance...

A ballet video featuring special guest: Misty Copeland of American Ballet Theatre

Example #4: Misty Copeland Performs Derek Hough Choreography at Youth America Grand Prix Dala

Ayesha Faines Published on May 16, 2014

American Ballet Theater Soloist dazzles on stage at New York City's Edward Koch Theater where she performs a contemporary ballet choreography by Derek Hough of ABC's Dancing With The Stars. Misty Copeland is the first african-american soloist to perform with the prestigious American Ballet Theater company in over 20 years. In recent years Copeland has become one of the few ballerina's to achieve celebrity status, particularly after performing at the Madison Garden with singer Prince. Her fascinating life and rise to fame is chronicled in her new auto-biography Life In Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina.


Chapulo7, Published on Feb 26, 2013


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