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Transcript of Misty Copeland
Misty Danielle Copeland was born September 10, 1982 and is an American ballet dancer for American Ballet Theatre one of the three leading classical ballet companies in the United States.
Stylistically, she is considered a classical ballet dancer. In April 2015, she was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time. On June 30, 2015, Copeland became the first African American woman to be promoted to principal dancer in ABT's 75-year history.
The Young Times
Copeland is considered a prodigy who rose to stardom despite not starting ballet until the age of 13. By age 15, her mother and ballet teachers, who were serving as her custodial guardians, fought a custody battle over her.
Meanwhile, Copeland, who was already an award-winning dancer, was fielding professional offers. The 1998 legal issues involved filings for emancipation by Copeland and restraining orders by her mother. Both sides dropped legal proceedings, and Copeland moved home to begin studying under a new teacher who was a former ABT member.
As a soloist from autumn 2007 to summer 2015, she was described as having matured into a more contemporary and sophisticated dancer.In addition to her dance career, Copeland has become a public person as a public speaker, celebrity spokesperson, stage performer and television personality. She has endorsed products and companies such as T-Mobile, Dr Pepper and Under Armour.