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Tue Jun 30, 2015, 04:57 PM

Misty Copeland makes history as first black principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre

Source: Mashable



Once again, Misty Copeland is making history.

The African-American ballerina has been promoted to the rank of principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre. She is the first black female principal dancer in the company's 75-year history.

Copeland joined ABT's corps de ballet in 2001, later becoming a soloist at the company in 2007. In 2014, she told the New Yorker that her next goal was "to become the first African-American principal dancer with ABT." One year later, here we are.

It's been a year of firsts for the famous dancer, who also became the first black ballerina at ABT to star as the Swan Queen in Swan Lake. At the Kennedy Center in D.C., she and co-star Brooklyn Mack became the first African-Americans to star in Swan Lake together at the historic performance institution.


Read more: http://mashable.com/2015/06/30/misty-copeland-american-ballet-theater/?utm_cid=hp-hh-sec

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Reply Misty Copeland makes history as first black principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre (Original post)
demmiblue Jun 2015 OP
shenmue Jun 2015 #1
benld74 Jun 2015 #2
Xyzse Jun 2015 #3
bigwillq Jun 2015 #4
2naSalit Jun 2015 #5
ananda Jun 2015 #6
Beartracks Jul 2015 #30
progressoid Jun 2015 #7
awoke_in_2003 Jun 2015 #12
appalachiablue Jun 2015 #8
LoisB Jun 2015 #9
demmiblue Jun 2015 #16
keroro gunsou Jun 2015 #10
Solly Mack Jun 2015 #11
rocktivity Jun 2015 #13
Still In Wisconsin Jul 2015 #20
CTyankee Jun 2015 #14
Thespian2 Jun 2015 #15
passiveporcupine Jun 2015 #17
niyad Jun 2015 #18
kelliekat44 Jun 2015 #19
Still In Wisconsin Jul 2015 #21
rocktivity Jul 2015 #22
RobinA Jul 2015 #23
rocktivity Jul 2015 #24
Still In Wisconsin Jul 2015 #25
TuxedoKat Jul 2015 #28
Oilwellian Jul 2015 #26
asturias31 Jul 2015 #27
riderinthestorm Jul 2015 #29
GeoWilliam750 Jul 2015 #31
rocktivity Jul 2015 #32

Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 05:04 PM

1. Yes!

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 05:06 PM

2. Congratulations!!!!!

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 05:07 PM

3. That lady is AMAZING. No ifs or buts about it.

She impresses me with her strength and control, not to mention grace.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 05:08 PM

4. Cool.

 

K and R

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 05:47 PM

5. Long overdue.

Congrats to her for staying with her dream in the face of so much opposition!

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 05:50 PM

6. She went through absolute hell to get there.

I'm so glad she made it, but...

horrible stress fractures

forced medical maturation

an eating disorder

and serious family, custodial, and exploitation.


Something really needs to change for ballerinas.

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Response to ananda (Reply #6)

Thu Jul 2, 2015, 03:36 AM

30. What is "medical maturation"?

I googled a bit, but didn't see anything useful or definitive.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 06:04 PM

7. And in April she and Brooklyn Mack made history performing Swan Lake.

2 African Americans make history performing lead roles in Washington Ballet’s ‘Swan Lake’

Read more: http://www.wjla.com/articles/2015/04/2-african-americans-make-history-performing-lead-roles-in-washington-ballet-s-swan-lake--113063.html#ixzz3eaMwQ2le
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WASHINGTON (WJLA) – In an historic move, two African-American ballet dancers performed the lead roles in the Washington Ballet's "Swan Lake" Thursday evening at the Kennedy Center. It's the first time this has been done in a major ballet company and challenges the idea of what principal roles in classical ballets should look like.



Misty Copeland, 32, danced the role of Odette/Odile and 28-year-old Brooklyn Mack danced the role of Prince Siegfried. Copeland is a soloist with the American Ballet Theater in New York City. Mack is a principal dancer with the Washington Ballet.

Washington Ballet Artistic Director Septime Webre asked Copeland to perform the role last year, when she was visiting D.C.

She says he told her, "I think it's time the ballet world sees someone like you dancing the lead in a very iconic ballet."

Copeland's response: "I felt like it couldn't be a more appropriate place. All the work Septime has done, diving in and making changes with the ballet world and diversifying it. It's not just this gimmick of this time with ‘Swan Lake’ and Brooklyn and I. He's really been out there doing the dirty work for 15 years or so. I just felt like this is an incredible opportunity and place for two African-American dancers to be doing this for the first time."

Read more: http://www.wjla.com/articles/2015/04/2-african-americans-make-history-performing-lead-roles-in-washington-ballet-s-swan-lake--113063.html#ixzz3eaMjaHcQ
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Response to progressoid (Reply #7)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 07:04 PM

12. Very cool

 

I've only been once, to see the Moscow Ballet do Nutcracker with the wife. The dedication that goes into this is impressive.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 06:06 PM

8. K & R. Magnificent. A great and determined artist!

Bravo!

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 06:12 PM

9. Saw her dance and spoke with her after. She is awesome!

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Response to LoisB (Reply #9)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 07:48 PM

16. Wow, lucky you!

To see a wonderful performance AND to meet someone who has made history!



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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 06:39 PM

10. nice!

good on her, she is a very talented lady who worked her butt (and other assorted body parts) off to get to where she is...

better her than me, i've got the grace and poise of a large rock.

rock on misty copeland, rock on.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 06:45 PM

11. K&R

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 07:15 PM

13. George Balanchine said a ballet dancer's skin should be the color of a peeled apple

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Well, you know what happens to the color of peeled apples after a while...Balanchine via The Dance Theater of Harlem, which has been doing classical ballet since 1969.



Congrats, Misty -- but would this be happening if your skin was the color of roast coffee?


rocktivity

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Response to rocktivity (Reply #13)

Wed Jul 1, 2015, 02:36 PM

20. Ah yes, Balanchine...

 

Amazing, brilliant artist and choreographer, and detestable, cruel person.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 07:20 PM

14. god, this woman is beautiful! I am in absolute awe...

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 07:24 PM

15. Awe-some!!!

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 07:59 PM

17. Her body and movement are just so stunning



This is even more moving...the underarmor ad.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 10:49 PM

18. k and r

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 11:31 PM

19. She is absolutely stunning!! nt

 

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Jul 1, 2015, 02:48 PM

21. My daughter is an aspiring classical ballet dancer...

 

Misty Copeland is one of her heroes. Not only is Ms. Copeland the first black Principal at ABT, she has also made huge strides in removing the stereotype in ballet that female dancers must be wispy, willowy little people, often who suffer eating disorders. She is so amazingly wonderful. My daughter has a strong lower body that is not little and wispy... we are so thankful for pioneers like Misty Copeland.

Brava, Misty Copeland! We love you!

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Response to Still In Wisconsin (Reply #21)

Wed Jul 1, 2015, 03:40 PM

22. I remember a review of the Dance Theater of Harlem's Swan Lake

that complained about the the swans looking "too powerful"...




rocktivity

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Response to rocktivity (Reply #22)

Wed Jul 1, 2015, 04:03 PM

23. Now There's A Person

who never pissed off a swan. A few kicks with those legs and a few beats with those wings and that writer may have a different idea about the power of swans.

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Response to RobinA (Reply #23)

Wed Jul 1, 2015, 04:13 PM

24. But ballerinas aren't SUPPOSED to have powerful bodies

They're supposed to be thin and petite and minimally muscular...and pale...


rocktivity

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Response to rocktivity (Reply #22)

Wed Jul 1, 2015, 04:43 PM

25. Thanks for posting that!

 

Her technique and artistry are beautiful! My daughter and I love it

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Response to rocktivity (Reply #22)

Wed Jul 1, 2015, 10:11 PM

28. Swans are powerful

and can be dangerous too! That reviewer didn't know what he was talking about.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Jul 1, 2015, 04:48 PM

26. So beautiful!

What an amazing woman! Congrats to her!

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Jul 1, 2015, 06:09 PM

27. Hey I think I heard her interview

 

On NPR this morning. She sounded engaging, strong, and positive. Was surprised to learn from her that a principal usually has a longer career (retires older) than a less-central dancer. I guess because they are more loved and harder to replace. Wish her a spectacular future on and off the stage.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Jul 1, 2015, 10:20 PM

29. Bravo Ms Copeland!!! another glass ceiling shatters! nt

 



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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Thu Jul 2, 2015, 08:22 AM

31. Brava!!!!

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Jul 6, 2015, 10:53 PM

32. A (Very) Black American Ballerina in Moscow

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MoscowTimes.com: ...A female instructor helping to select dancers for the...Bolshoi Ballet Academy('s)...240th-anniversary celebration...stops in front of...Precious Adams, an 18-year-old American from Detroit. "What are you doing here?" the instructor asks curtly, then tells her to leave the audition room...

The (Academy) has become increasingly open to foreign students -- including about 20 Americans -- who...pay (a) yearly tuition of...about $21,000...But unlike the rest of her class, which includes...dancers of various complexions and a biracial American...Adams said her dark skin has singled her out and prevented her from being cast in roles, particularly in group pieces...

She began ballet lessons at age five, and at nine she joined a nearby studio led by...a graduate of the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet in St. Petersburg. She then...stud(ied) in Toronto, New York City and Monaco before applying to the Bolshoi after winning a scholarship to study Russian and ballet at the school's stateside summer intensive program...Adams said she has grown accustomed to the casual racism of Russian society. She does not go out alone at night, she has gotten used to the stares from passersby, and her headphones silence remarks from people on the metro...One teacher...suggest(ed) that she experiment with skin bleaching...

Performance time, in her words, "directly relates to you getting a job. If I can say I've only performed on stage four times out of the past three years, it doesn't look good." (But) Adams...(also) argu(es) that the valuable experience she is gaining serves as an answer to those who question why she came here to train. "I am really just here to get the best training that I can so I can go and be amazing somewhere else, where it is not so racially discriminatory," she said...

She was invited to...Switzerland('s)...Prix de Lausanne, a competition in front of Europe's top ballet companies where the winner can essentially choose her employer.

She won TWO "prix-ses" at Prix de Lausanne -- how shiftless and lazy of her...






PreciousAdams.com:

As of September 2014 I will be a professional Artist with the English National Ballet in London, England.



rocktivity

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