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Principal Dancer With the American Ballet Theatre; Author

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Born in Kansas City, Missouri and raised in San Pedro, California, Misty Copeland began her ballet studies at the late age of thirteen. At fifteen, she won first place in the Music Center Spotlight Awards. She studied at the San Francisco Ballet School and American Ballet Theatre's Summer Intensive on full scholarship and was declared ABT's National Coca-Cola Scholar in 2000. 
Misty joined ABT's Studio Company in September 2000, joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet in April 2001, and in August 2007 became the company’s second African American female Soloist and the first in two decades. In August 2015, Misty was promoted to principal dancer, making her the first African American woman to ever be promoted to the position in the company’s 75-year history, and she made her Broadway debut in the role of “Ivy Smith/Miss Turnstiles” with the critically acclaimed show, On The Town.

In 2008, Misty was honored with the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the Arts, a two-year fellowship awarded to young artists who exhibit extraordinary talent providing them additional resources in order to attain their full potential. Performing a variety of classical and contemporary roles, one of Misty’s most important roles was performing the title role in Firebird, created on her in 2012 with new choreography by much sought after choreographer Alexei Ratmansky. In December 2014, Misty debuted the lead role of “Clara” in American Ballet Theatre’s production of The Nutcracker, also choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky. In the fall of 2014, she made history as the first black woman to perform the lead role of “Odette/Odile” in American Ballet Theatre's Swan Lake during the company’s inaugural tour to Australia. Misty reprised the role during ABT’s Metropolitan Opera House spring season in June 2015, as well as debuted as “Juliet” in Romeo & Juliet.

Misty has been featured in numerous publications and television programs, including CBS Sunday Morning, 60 Minutes, The Today Show, This Week with George Stephanopoulos, MSNBC's Melissa Harris Perry, Vogue, Essence, Ebony, and People Magazine. She was honored with an induction into the Boys & Girls Club National Hall of Fame in May 2012, received the “Breakthrough Award” from the Council of Urban Professionals in April 2012, the Young, Gifted & Black honor at the 2013 Black Girls Rock! awards, and the 2015 Glamour Magazine Women of the Year Award.

Her endorsements, past and present, include American Express, COACH, and Diet Dr. Pepper. In 2014, Under Armour announced Misty as one of the faces of their "I Will What I Want" campaign with a commercial that went viral, gaining over 9,000,000 views and in 2015, she was named a brand ambassador of Seiko as part of its “Progress to Seiko” global campaign.

Misty’s passion is giving back. She has worked with many charitable organizations and is dedicated to giving of her time to work with and mentor young girls and boys. Misty was named National Youth of the Year Ambassador for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America in June 2013. In 2014, President Obama appointed Misty to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition. And in 2015, she traveled to Rwanda with MindLeaps to help launch its girls program and to establish The Misty Copeland Scholarship.

In 2018, Copeland appeared in the Disney film The Nutcracker and the Four Realms as the Ballerina Princess. She also made an appearance in the music video for Drake's song Nice for What.

Misty is the author of the New York Times Bestselling memoir, Life in Motion, co-written with award-winning journalist and author Charisse Jones, published March 2014. She has a picture book titled Firebird in collaboration with award-winning illustrator and author Christopher Myers, published September 2014.  She received an honorary doctorate from the University of Hartford in November 2014 for her contributions to classical ballet and helping to diversify the art form.

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Misty Copeland

Principal Dancer With the American Ballet Theatre; Author

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Misty Copeland Biography

Born in Kansas City, Missouri and raised in San Pedro, California, Misty Copeland began her ballet studies at the late age of thirteen. At fifteen, she won first place in the Music Center Spotlight Awards. She studied at the San Francisco Ballet School and American Ballet Theatre's Summer Intensive on full scholarship and was declared ABT's National Coca-Cola Scholar in 2000. 
Misty joined ABT's Studio Company in September 2000, joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet in April 2001, and in August 2007 became the company’s second African American female Soloist and the first in two decades. In August 2015, Misty was promoted to principal dancer, making her the first African American woman to ever be promoted to the position in the company’s 75-year history, and she made her Broadway debut in the role of “Ivy Smith/Miss Turnstiles” with the critically acclaimed show, On The Town.

In 2008, Misty was honored with the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the Arts, a two-year fellowship awarded to young artists who exhibit extraordinary talent providing them additional resources in order to attain their full potential. Performing a variety of classical and contemporary roles, one of Misty’s most important roles was performing the title role in Firebird, created on her in 2012 with new choreography by much sought after choreographer Alexei Ratmansky. In December 2014, Misty debuted the lead role of “Clara” in American Ballet Theatre’s production of The Nutcracker, also choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky. In the fall of 2014, she made history as the first black woman to perform the lead role of “Odette/Odile” in American Ballet Theatre's Swan Lake during the company’s inaugural tour to Australia. Misty reprised the role during ABT’s Metropolitan Opera House spring season in June 2015, as well as debuted as “Juliet” in Romeo & Juliet.

Misty has been featured in numerous publications and television programs, including CBS Sunday Morning, 60 Minutes, The Today Show, This Week with George Stephanopoulos, MSNBC's Melissa Harris Perry, Vogue, Essence, Ebony, and People Magazine. She was honored with an induction into the Boys & Girls Club National Hall of Fame in May 2012, received the “Breakthrough Award” from the Council of Urban Professionals in April 2012, the Young, Gifted & Black honor at the 2013 Black Girls Rock! awards, and the 2015 Glamour Magazine Women of the Year Award.

Her endorsements, past and present, include American Express, COACH, and Diet Dr. Pepper. In 2014, Under Armour announced Misty as one of the faces of their "I Will What I Want" campaign with a commercial that went viral, gaining over 9,000,000 views and in 2015, she was named a brand ambassador of Seiko as part of its “Progress to Seiko” global campaign.

Misty’s passion is giving back. She has worked with many charitable organizations and is dedicated to giving of her time to work with and mentor young girls and boys. Misty was named National Youth of the Year Ambassador for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America in June 2013. In 2014, President Obama appointed Misty to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition. And in 2015, she traveled to Rwanda with MindLeaps to help launch its girls program and to establish The Misty Copeland Scholarship.

In 2018, Copeland appeared in the Disney film The Nutcracker and the Four Realms as the Ballerina Princess. She also made an appearance in the music video for Drake's song Nice for What.

Misty is the author of the New York Times Bestselling memoir, Life in Motion, co-written with award-winning journalist and author Charisse Jones, published March 2014. She has a picture book titled Firebird in collaboration with award-winning illustrator and author Christopher Myers, published September 2014.  She received an honorary doctorate from the University of Hartford in November 2014 for her contributions to classical ballet and helping to diversify the art form.

Misty Copeland Videos

  • Misty Copeland speaks at The National Press Club
    Apr 17, 2017 ... Misty Copeland, the first African-American Female Principal Dancer with the American Ballet Theatre, discussed her first health and...
  • Misty Copeland on Freedom
    Apr 5, 2017 ... ABT Principal Dancer and Ballet Across America Curator Misty Copeland shares her thoughts on the significance of Freedom in...
  • An Evening with Misty Copeland
    Misty Copeland, the first African American female principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre, has often spoken out about being "different" in...

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  • How to book Misty Copeland?
    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Misty Copeland for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Misty Copeland, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Misty Copeland or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Misty Copeland?
    Booking fees for Misty Copeland, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Misty Copeland, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Misty Copeland?
    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Misty Copeland for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Misty Copeland for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?
    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Misty Copeland or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Misty Copeland or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Misty Copeland is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Misty Copeland for your event is $100,000 - $200,000. Misty Copeland generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Gina Rodriguez, Viola Davis, Gabrielle Union, Randi Zuckerberg and Tracee Ellis Ross. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Misty Copeland for an upcoming event.

Misty Copeland Speaker Videos

  • Misty Copeland speaks at The National Press Club
    Apr 17, 2017 ... Misty Copeland, the first African-American Female Principal Dancer with the American Ballet Theatre, discussed her first health and fitness ...
    Misty Copeland on Freedom
    Apr 5, 2017 ... ABT Principal Dancer and Ballet Across America Curator Misty Copeland shares her thoughts on the significance of Freedom in American ...
  • An Evening with Misty Copeland
    Misty Copeland, the first African American female principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre, has often spoken out about being "different" in the world of ballet. Her journey from living in a...
    Barack Obama & Misty Copeland On Race, Body Image & Staying Humble | TIME
    Former President Barack Obama and prima ballerina Misty Copeland sit down together to discuss race, body image, and how they stay humble. Subscribe to TIME ►► http://po.st/SubscribeTIME Get...
  • The power of ballet: Misty Copeland at TEDxGeorgetown
    Nov 9, 2012 ... In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like ...

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