Misty Copeland By cvhslauren Sep 10, 1982 Birth Misty Copeland is born. She was born in Kansas. Jan 1, 1985 San Pedro As a young child, she moves to San Pedro, California where she spends her childhood. Nov 25, 1995 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. Feb 1, 1996 En Pointe After 3 months of classes, she was en pointe. Dec 1, 1996 Nutcracker After only a few months of classes, she took the lead role of Clara in the Nutcracker. Jan 1, 1997 Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Awards She won again in the field of best ballet dancer. Dec 1, 1997 Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Award She won the best dancer in Southern California at the age of 15. Jan 1, 2000 ABT Scholar She received the ABT Coca Cola Scholar. Sep 25, 2001 American Ballet Theatre She joined ABT right after graduating high school. She was offered a position earlier but decided to finish school. Jan 1, 2002 Princess Grace Award She was chosen to compete for ABT for the Princess Grace Award. Jan 1, 2007 Erik Bruhn award She is again chosen to compete for ABT for the Erik Bruhn award. Aug 25, 2007 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. Jan 1, 2008 Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the Arts She receives the award for being a young talent in the arts. Jan 1, 2010 Prince Performance Misty performed with Prince on his Welcome 2 America tour. May 1, 2012 Boys and Girls Club She is inducted into the Boys and Girls Club National Hall of Fame. Jun 30, 2012 Firebird She performed her first lead role with ABT as the Firebird. Jul 1, 2012 Injury Misty Copeland faced a career ending injury: 6 stress fractures in her tailbone. Aug 1, 2012 Bloch Misty Copeland's ad for Bloch becomes public. Mar 25, 2014 Life in Motion Misty released her autobiography. Jul 30, 2014 Under Armour Misty Copeland becomes the lead for the new "I Will What I Want" campaign for Under Armour.