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Misty Copeland's Success Story Is a Model for Black Women in Every Career

As an accomplished ballet dancer, Misty Copeland knows how to soar and spin. Her promotion to principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) has propelled her to heights once considered unthinkable: She is the first African-American woman to receive the prestigious ballet company's highest rank. Show More Summary

Julie Kent’s New Jobs At ABT

“Julie Kent, the star ballerina who retired as a principal dancer with American Ballet Theater in June, is taking on several new roles with the company, including as the artistic director of its summer intensive programs for young dancers.”

Ballet Dancer James B. Whiteside Shows Off His Body

yesterdayLGBT / Gay : Out.com

In addition to his work as a principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre, Out100 honoree James Whiteside belts out tunes as his pop star alter-ego JbDUBS. His other project: performing with his boyfriend Milk (a.k.a. Dan Donigan;...Show More Summary

Misty Copeland Makes Her Broadway Debut

Just one week after becoming the first African-American principal dancer in American Ballet Theatre history, Misty Copeland announced another career milestone -- she would make her Broadway debut in the revival of “On The Town” on August 25th. Show More Summary

Misty Copeland went out 'On the Town' for her Broadway debut

2015 is shaping up to be the year of Misty Copeland. In addition to becoming the first black principal ballerina at the prestigious American Ballet Theatre this past June, the dancer also made her Broadway debut last night in On theShow More Summary

Misty Copeland Will be En Pointe in Detroit  

Misty Copeland, who made history this summer when she became the first black woman to become a principal dancer at the American Ballet Theater (ABT), is heading to Detroit. The 32-year-old is joining the ABT’s cast of The Sleeping Beauty at the Detroit Opera House in the Spring 2016, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Misty Copeland Engaged After Becoming First Black Principal Ballerina At American Ballet Theatre [Video]

Misty Copeland is engaged. And Misty, who just has been soaring to her goal of educating the world on what it means to be a black ballet dancer, feels that her life is soaring as well, reported Rolling Out. “I can’t believe my life right now,” said Copeland. Show More Summary

Misty Copeland and Lauren Anderson Share The Stage In Houston

2 weeks agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

25 years before Misty Copeland became ABT's first African-American principal ballet dancer, Lauren Anderson was the first "brown girl" to be made principal at Houston Ballet. In a special Houston event, the pair came together to answer questions about their lives as dancers and the challenges of being black ballerinas in a still, traditionally white art form.

ABT’s Newest Principal Is 37 – And Came Back From An Injury That Nearly Ended Her Career

3 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Just as she was turning 30, Stella Abrera damaged her back and sciatic nerve; recovery took 18 months and a relearning of her technique. Six years later, she’s been made a principal dancer. “It’s got to be unprecedented by someone at my age, at this point in the game to be promoted.”

Covent Garden loses principal dancer

Rupert Pennefather, a company star for the past 16 years, is seeking his fortune elsewhere. Immediately. This was unforeseen. Changes will have to be made to the coming season. Official version here.

Misty Copeland on Race, Talent and Ballet: The Charlie Rose Show

'Ballerina Misty Copeland talks about becoming the first African American woman to become a principal dancer at the American Ballet Theater, and the responsibility she feels to those who didn't have the opportunities she's had.' -- +Charlie Rose

What Will Restored U.S.-Cuba Relations Mean For Ballet?

“Cuban dancers and the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, founded by Alicia Alonso, are known all over the world. … Here & Now’‘s Meghna Chakrabarti spoke with José Manuel Carreño, a Cuban-born former principal dancer with the American Ballet Theater, who is now artistic director of Silicon Valley Ballet.” (audio)

What Misty Copeland’s Success Reveals About Race In The Arts

Misty Copeland in an Under Armour commercial Misty Copeland made history on June 30th when she was promoted within the  American Ballet Theatre, becoming the first African American ballerina to reach the rank of Principal Dancer and the second-ever black soloist in the traditionally white ballet company. Show More Summary

Face paint and reputation repair

We were all as excited as could be to see that the two new ABT principals were going to appear jointly on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Show to talk about their new positions and answer the question, "How should a dancer...

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2 months agoDance / Ballet : Haglund's Heel

According to this news release, Texas Ballet Theater principal dancer Simon Wexler has joined ABT in some unknown capacity. If true, that would be the second dancer from TBT to join ABT this year - the first being corps dancer...

26 Black Female Choreographers And Dancers You Should Know

Last week Misty Copeland made history when she became the first African American principal dancer in the American Ballet Theatre Company. It is a big reason to celebrate the dance world, and also a great time to call attention to the other black female choreographers and dancers who are dominating the industry. Show More Summary

Misty Copeland Got Her Promotion To Principal – And Now She’s Heading To Broadway

2 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“Copeland plans to join the cast of ‘On the Town’ for two weeks beginning on Aug. 25, stepping into the toe shoes of Megan Fairchild, the New York City Ballet principal dancer who originally played the role of Ivy in the production and is leaving the show next month.”

Misty Copeland Made History Last Week, Makes Broadway Debut Next Month

Just last week, Misty Copeland became the first African-American woman to be named a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre in the company’s 75-year history. Never one to rest on her laurels, she is already preparing for her next challenge. Show More Summary

Adweek Daily Brief: Under Armour honors Misty Copeland

Under Armour honored Misty Copeland with a sweet surprise after the American Ballet Theatre named her their new principal dancer. Plus, the Clio Sports Awards honor the best work in sports marketing and advertising, recognizing brands including Gatorade and Nike. Show More Summary

Misty Copeland heading to Broadway's 'On the Town'

Ballerina Misty Copeland, who just became the first African-American woman to be a principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre, has another breakthrough planned—a debut on Broadway. Producers... To view the full story, click the title link.

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