The first African-American principal dancer in the American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland, continued to back up her prestigious rank with a recent breathtaking piece choreographed by Marcelo Gomes. On The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, the dancer performed alongside renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma as he played "Courante" from Bach's Cello Suite No. Show More Summary
“The problem with Misty’s fame, however, is precisely it’s relationship to her ethnicity; she should be known as an incredible dancer who is a principal at American Ballet Theatre, not as an incredible dancer who is the first African American to be named a principal at American Ballet Theatre. To see her as an African […]
We let loose James Whiteside, American Ballet Theater principal dancer (and boyfriend of a certain Drag Race alum), backstage at The Blonds New York Fashion Week show. Related: Phillipe Blond Is The Inspiration For New Genderfluid Mannequins Inspired by the “true story” of Nefertiti and Akhenaten meeting at a disco, the collection, like all Blonds... Read more »
'Nurturing young dancers of color is a passion point for American Ballet Theatre principal ballerina Misty Copeland, so watching her share life lessons and insights with young ballerina Gabrielle Langevine may not completely surprise you but it will warm your heart.' -- +ESSENCE
Misty Copeland made history in June when she became the first black woman in the American Ballet Theatre's 75-year history to be promoted to principal dancer, and a forthcoming documentary will look at what she had to endure to get there. The trailer for A Ballerina's Tale shows a glimmer of the... More »
In this trailer for Nelson George’s documentary A Ballerina’s Tale, Misty Copeland—who in June became the first black principal dancer for the American Ballet Theater—talks about the familiar feeling of isolation in a whitewashed industry. Read more...
Principal American Ballet Theatre dancer James B. Whiteside poses for a new photo series.
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, 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.”
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
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
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, 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 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
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.
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.”
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.
'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
“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)