Misty Copeland

  • Birth

    Misty Copeland is born. She was born in Kansas.
  • San Pedro

    As a young child, she moves to San Pedro, California where she spends her childhood.
  • First dance class

    First dance class
    She took her first ballet class in the middle of a gym at the local boys and girls club. Within months she was on pointe.
  • En Pointe

    After 3 months of classes, she was en pointe.
  • Nutcracker

    After only a few months of classes, she took the lead role of Clara in the Nutcracker.
  • Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Awards

    She won again in the field of best ballet dancer.
  • Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Award

    Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Award
    She won the best dancer in Southern California at the age of 15.
  • ABT Scholar

    ABT Scholar
    She received the ABT Coca Cola Scholar.
  • American Ballet Theatre

    American Ballet Theatre
    She joined ABT right after graduating high school. She was offered a position earlier but decided to finish school.
  • Princess Grace Award

    She was chosen to compete for ABT for the Princess Grace Award.
  • Erik Bruhn award

    She is again chosen to compete for ABT for the Erik Bruhn award.
  • Becoming a Soloist

    Becoming a Soloist
    ABT promoted Misty to a soloist in 2007. She is renowned for being the third African American soloist with ABT ever and is the first in over 20 years.
  • Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the Arts

    Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the Arts
    She receives the award for being a young talent in the arts.
  • Prince Performance

    Prince Performance
    Misty performed with Prince on his Welcome 2 America tour.
  • Boys and Girls Club

    She is inducted into the Boys and Girls Club National Hall of Fame.
  • Firebird

    She performed her first lead role with ABT as the Firebird.
  • Injury

    Misty Copeland faced a career ending injury: 6 stress fractures in her tailbone.
  • Bloch

    Misty Copeland's ad for Bloch becomes public.
  • Life in Motion

    Life in Motion
    Misty released her autobiography.
  • Under Armour

    Under Armour
    Misty Copeland becomes the lead for the new "I Will What I Want" campaign for Under Armour.