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April 15, 2020

92Y Announces Misty Copeland and Calvin Royal III
An Online Conversation with Budd Mishkin

Sunday, April 19, 5pm, $5

Misty Copeland; Calvin Royal III; Budd Mishkin


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Misty Copeland has been breaking down all kinds of barriers in the world of dance. In 2015, American Ballet Theatre promoted her to its top ranks, making her its first African American female Principal Dancer. Today, acclaimed as “the biggest draw in dance right now” by the Los Angeles Times, a crossover star with international reach, she’s trying to be “a platform for the dialogue and conversation of race within ballet.” This May, prior to the cancellation of American Ballet Theatre’s Spring season at the Met, she and Soloist Calvin Royal III were set to make history as the first African American lead dancers with ABT to dance Romeo and Juliet together. Join them as they discuss this historical marker, overcoming barriers, and their careers with journalist Budd Mishkin.

92Y is confronting tremendous financial losses due to COVID-19. All ticket purchases will help sustain the institution and will also support the creation of new, online programming that will bring comfort and inspiration to our community.

American Ballet Theatre has been severely impacted by the current state of emergency. The newly established ABT Crisis Relief Fund allows ABT to provide supplemental benefits and financial support to ABT’s artists. For more information or to donate to the ABT Crisis Relief fund, please visit

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