Within the new millennium, we have seen a number of African Americans who have been breaking barriers. In 2007, Misty Copeland became the third Black, female soloist and first in two decades, to be accepted into the American Ballet Theatre.
Copeland was born in Kansas City, MO in September 10, 1982 and raised in San Pedro, CA. She enrolled in her first ballet class at the age of 13 at the San Pedro Dance Center. Within months she was en pointe. Immediately after she was cast in the role of ‘Clare’ in The Chocolate Nut Cracker narrated by world renowned dance instructor Debbie Allen.
Since then the young ballerina has received several recognitions from first place in The Los Angeles Spotlight Awards which granted her the name of Best Young Dancer in the Greater Los Angeles Area by the LA Times. Shortly after, she accepted a full scholarship to attend San Francisco Ballet’s Summer Intensive Program. From there she began training at the Lauridsen Ballet Center in Southern California.
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