Misty Copeland Guest Edits Our May Issue

It’s time to add one more line to the list of Misty Copeland’s accomplishments: Dance Magazine guest editor. That’s right, the American Ballet Theatre principal—and ballet megastar—joined our team for the May issue. Why Misty? Because she’s got a perspective like no one else in the dance world today, and we wanted to get her view from theMore »

Will Misty Copeland Be Named the Most Fascinating Person of 2015?

It’s been one heck of a year for Misty Copeland. Although Dance Magazine has been following her career for several years now (check out her cover story from December 2010 here), these past few months have been nothing but forward momentum for Copeland. Now, she’s caught Barbara Walters’ eye as one of the honorees for the annual TV specialMore »

Misty Copeland Gives Jimmy Kimmel a Ballet Lesson

Last night, ballet died. Well, at least that’s what Misty Copeland jokingly said after she tried teaching Jimmy Kimmel how to dance. The segment was part of Kimmel’s return to New York (he’s a native Brooklynite), and all week, he’ll be broadcasting his show from the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Monday night’s episode included a video short in which CopelandMore »

The Misty Copeland Effect

Has she already helped change professional ballet?   Misty Copeland’s well-chronicled journey to becoming the first female African American principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre has helped jumpstart conversations about racial representation in ballet companies. But how Copeland’s success may influence ballet training still remains to be seen. Of course, she’s already helped launch ABT’sMore »

Misty Copeland is Heading to Broadway

I hope you’re not yet too exhausted by the amount of Misty Copeland news going around, because there’s more. From August 25–September 6, the recently promoted American Ballet Theatre principal will play Ivy Smith in On the Town for 12 performances. Her Broadway debut is an extension of her goal to draw more diverse audiences to ballet, said CopelandMore »

Misty Copeland Becomes ABT’s First Ever African American Female Principal

The moment everyone—dancers, dance lovers, and even non-dance fans—has been waiting for is here. Today, American Ballet Theatre announced that Misty Copeland will become a principal dancer. She’s the first African American female to reach that rank in the company’s 75-year history. Go Misty! Another principal promotion that was worth rooting for is Stella Abrera,More »