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MEETING MISTY COPELAND

Every generation or so, there are people who arise whose purpose is to share their gifts, inspire and plant seeds for the future. One of those people is American Ballet Theatre’s Misty Copeland.

A prodigy in the world of classical ballet, Misty got her start late (by industry standards) at the age of 13 but is a natural talent that has been taken the world by storm. Today, she shared her journey with an intimate crowd at the Dwyer Center in Harlem where she was a featured speaker as part of the annual May Week Celebration of the Arts sponsored by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority New York Almunae Chapter.

Misty Copeland (center) with fans at the DST May Week Celebration in Harlem

Ms. Copeland shared the joys (living your passion, travel, accomplishments, etc) and the pains (long hours of training, injuries, and more) of being a professional ballet dancer with fans and aspiring ballerinas alike. She also shared the unique pressures that also come with being one of a handful of African American women in classical ballet and the first Black female soloist for the American Ballet Theatre in two decades.

On June 12th, Misty will debut in the lead role as the Firebird at Lincoln Center.

Misty Copeland as the Firebird