FAB Woman Making History: Misty Copeland

22 Feb

(Side note from the editor: One of my fondest memories of childhood was ballet lessons. The leotard, tutus, ballet shoes, fancy bun…You’ll notice an absence about the actual dancing. Because ballet is hard work! And unlike me, Misty Copeland was up to the task.)

Meet Misty Copeland.

She began taking ballet lessons at age 13, which is considered a late age. However, the quick study was ‘en pointe’, or dancing on her toes, within three months. At age 15, she was named Best Young Dancer in the greater Los Angeles area, and had starred in Debbie Allen’s ‘The Chocolate Nutcracker’.

In 2002, she made history by becoming American Ballet Theater‘s first African American soloist in twenty years. She is often credited as the first, and takes her positon as a role model very seriously.

Miss Copeland has been featured in numerous publications and TV spots. She has appeared along side Prince on tour, dancing to ‘The Beautiful Ones’. I couldn’t think of a more appropriate song.

Have you ever taken ballet or wanted to? Tell us about it in the comments!


One Response to “FAB Woman Making History: Misty Copeland”


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    […] of the most popular posts on The Fab Girls is about FAB ballerina Misty Copeland. In that post, I mentioned that I loved everything about ballet except the actual dancing. OPI has […]

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