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Being a Black Dancer

Being a Black Dancer

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How can ballet companies and dancers address the lack of racial diversity in ballet?

Misty's Biography

Dream Interview Subject: Maya Angelou
Career Highlight: Being accepted into the American Ballet Theatre.
First Position: Her first ballet class took place on a basketball court through the Boys and Girls Club.
Most Surreal Moment: Dancing on the same stage where her idols had danced before.

Misty Copeland began her ballet career at age 13. Two years later, she had won first place in the Music Center Spotlight Awards, and began her studies at the Lauridsien Ballet Center. Accepted into the American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company in September 2000, she is the company’s first African American female soloist in two decades. Her 2012 performances will include Thirteen Diversions, Firebird, and Le Corsaire.

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