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Misty Copeland

Kansas City, Missouri

Joined ABT 2001 / Principal since 2015


Born in Kansas City, Missouri and raised in San Pedro, California, Misty Copeland began her ballet studies at the age of 13 at the San Pedro City Ballet.  At the age of fifteen she won first place in the Music Center Spotlight Awards.  She then began her studies at the Lauridsen Ballet Center.  Copeland has studied at the San Francisco Ballet School and American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive on full scholarship and was declared ABT’s National Coca-Cola Scholar in 2000.

Copeland joined ABT’s Studio Company in September 2000, then joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet in April 2001.  She was appointed a Soloist in August 2007 and a Principal Dancer in August 2015.

Ms. Copeland’s performances with American Ballet Theatre are sponsored by Valentino D. Carlotti.

Photo: Gregg Delman




Participated in ABT Summer Intensive 1999-2000

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Misty Copeland in the 1999 ABT Summer Intensive final performance


Joined ABT Studio Company September 2000


Joined Corps de Ballet April 2001


Promoted to Soloist August 2007


Promoted to Principal Dancer August 2015

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Misty Copeland in Romeo and Juliet. Photo: Rosalie O'Connor