In 2007, Misty Copeland made history by becoming the third African American female soloist and first in two decades in American Ballet Theatre. She performed with the singer Prince and the pop group TLC. As well as appearing in commercials for Diet Dr Pepper and Coach handbags and she was named national youth of the year ambassador for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Misty has her own dancewear line and is a spokesperson for Under Armour sports clothing brand, and Simon & Schuster published her memoir, “Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina”.
“My introduction to ballet was far from conventional. The discovery was made possible by an outreach program through the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Pedro, California in collaboration with Cindy and Patrick Bradley, Artistic Directors of the San Pedro City Ballet. This program changed the trajectory of my life. Because of San Pedro City Ballet’s mission of bringing ballet to the Los Angeles community, I was trained in four short years to go on to dance with American Ballet Theatre in New York City, America’s National Ballet Company. The nurturing I received from the San Pedro City Ballet family is something that I believe is vital to every child in every community. I received mine through dance.
“Coming from a single-parent home with very little money and opportunity, my path would have been far from that of a ballerina in a world-famous ballet company. I was given an opportunity to dream, work, be dedicated and become something great. I have now been a professional ballerina for thirteen years with ABT, making history in 2007 by becoming the third African American female in the company’s 75-year history to reach the rank of Soloist. I feel that it is my duty to share my art through similarly structured programs, thanks to Cindy and Patrick Bradley and the San Pedro City Ballet.”
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