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Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland is a ballet dancer from the United States. Misty Copeland is the first African-American Woman to Serve as the ‘American Ballet Theatre Company’s Principal Dancer.

Early Life

Misty Copeland was born in Kansas City, Missouri, United States, on September 10, 1982. Her full name is Misty Danielle Copeland and she holds an American nationality. According to the astrological chart, she has a birth sign of Virgo and she is currently 41 years old. Meanwhile, she belongs to a mixed ethnicity of German-Italian-American descent.

The identities of her parents are Doug Copeland and Sylvia DelaCerna. Her siblings include two brothers, Doulas Jr. and Christopher, a sister, Erica, a half-brother, Cameron, and a half-sister, Lindsay.

Caption: Misty Copeland’s parents (Source: Pinterest)

Misty’s mother had four marriages, the second of which was with her father. She moved to California when she was three, and she would not see her father again for the next twenty years. Moreover, she grew up in the San Pedro neighbourhood of Los Angeles.

She was up bouncing between the homes of her mother’s different friends, lovers, and spouses due to financial insecurity.

Misty Copeland – Education

She began her studies at the Lauridsen Ballet Center. Then, she attended the San Francisco Ballet School and the American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive on full scholarship. In 2000, Misty Copeland was named ABT’s National Coca-Cola Scholar.

Professional Career

Misty Copeland was considered a prodigy who rose to success despite not learning ballet until the age of 13. In 1998, her ballet teachers and mother engaged in a custody fight. Meanwhile, Copeland, an award-winning dancer, received lucrative offers.

She filed for emancipation, while her mother sought restraining orders. After both parties discontinued legal procedures, Copeland returned home to learn with a new teacher who was a former ABT member.

In 1997, she received the Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Award as the best dancer in Southern California. Following two summer workshops with ABT, she joined the Studio Company in 2000, the corps de ballet in 2001, and the ABT soloist program in 2007.

Caption: Misty Copeland performing her ballet dance (Source: SI Kids)

From 2007 until mid-2015, she was recognized as maturing into a more modern and sophisticated dancer. In addition to her dancing profession, she is a public speaker, celebrity spokeswoman, and stage performer. She has published two autobiographical books and narrated the documentary A Ballerina’s Tale, which chronicles her professional obstacles.

Time magazine named her one of the world’s 100 most important people in 2015, and she appeared on the cover. She danced on Broadway in On the Town, toured as a featured dancer for Prince, and starred on the reality television series “A Day in the Life, So You Think You Can Dance.”

Misty Copeland – Awards

The Boys & Girls Clubs of America awarded her its National Youth of the Year Ambassador in 2013. In 2014, she was appointed to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Hartford for her contributions to classical ballet and her efforts to diversify the art form. Similarly, she was honoured at the Dance Magazine Awards in 2014.

Following her promotion to principal dancer, Copeland was named one of Glamour’s Women of the Year for 2015; one of ESPN’s 2015 Impact 25 athletes and influencers who have made the greatest impact for women in sports; by Barbara Walters, one of the ten “most fascinating” people of 2015; and one of the Time 100.

Net Worth 2024

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Copeland’s net worth is around $500 thousand. Her salary and income have not yet been revealed. Her primary source of income is her dance career.

Relationship Status

On July 31, 2016, Misty Copeland married her husband, Olu Evans. By profession, her husband is an attorney. The couple married after dating for 10 years. With the marriage, the couple has a son named Jackson born in April 2022.

Caption: Misty Copeland’s family photo (Source: Good Morning America)

This American dancer has not been part of any serious rumours and controversies as she has maintained a clean profile.

Body Measurements

Caption: Misty Copeland in the American music Awards show (Source: StarGuard)

Copeland stands 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs around 50 kg. Moreover, she has a pair of brown eyes and black hair colour with a brown complexion. In addition, her body measurement is 36-25-36 inches.

Social Media

On her Instagram page ‘@mistyonpointe’ there are over 1.8 million followers. Likewise, there are over 117.5k followers on her Twitter page ‘@mistyonpointe’ and over 659k followers on her Facebook page. She also runs a self-titled YouTube channel and posts her dance videos. As of February 2024, there are over 54.3k subscribers on it.