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Misty Copeland
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Misty Copeland dancing in Coppelia in 2014
Born
Misty Danielle Copeland

September 10, 1982 (1982-09-10) (age 36)
Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Residence Manhattan, New York City, United States
Education San Pedro High School
Occupation Ballerina with American Ballet Theatre
Years active 1995–present
Home town Los Angeles, California, United States
Website www.mistycopeland.com

Misty Copeland (born September 10, 1982) is a ballet dancer for American Ballet Theatre (ABT). She made history in 2007 as the third African American to be promoted to the rank of soloist in two decades. She is the fourth African-American soloist, and the first in two decades with ABT.

On June 30, 2015, Copeland became the first African American woman to be promoted to principal dancer in ABT's 75-year history

She starred as Odette in George Balanchine's Swan Lake. Copeland is considered a prodigy because she rose to stardom despite not starting ballet until the age of 13. She is the fourth African-American soloist, and the first in two decades with ABT.

The ABT is one of the three leading classical ballet companies in the United States.

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