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Misty Copeland
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    (September 10, 1982- )
    Born in Kansas City, Missouri
    Birth name is Misty Danielle Copeland
    Soloist with American Ballet Theatre (ABT) (2007 - )
    Portrayed the dual role of Odette and Odile in Tchaikovsky's 'Swan Lake' (2015)
    Performed in productions of 'La Bayadère,' 'Firebird' 'The Nutcracker,' and 'On the Town'
    Danced in Prince's 'Crimson and Clover' music video (2009)
    Named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People (2015)
    She wrote two autobiographies.
    She was a guest judge on So You Think You Can Dance.
    She was dubbed the Jackie Robinson of ballet.
    The early years of her dance career were sullied by a bitter custody war between her mother and her ballet instructors (who acted as custodial guardians).
    The custody battle involved filings for emancipation by Copeland, and a restraining order against the instructors filed by her mother, who even hired Gloria Allred to represent her.
    Both sides dropped legal proceedings after she opted to move home and begin studying ballet under a new teacher.
    She was a favorite dance partner of Prince.
    She dealt with a tumultuous home life while pursuing a demanding ballet career.
    She began dancing at the age of thirteen (which is generally considered 'too old' for aspiring ballerinas).
    She won the Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Award as the best dancer (1997).
    She was named one of Glamour's Women of the Year for 2015.
    She became the first ballerina to endorse Under Armor as a spokesperson.
    She became the first black performer to take on the challenging dual role of Odette and Odile in 'Swan Lake.'
    She became the first African American woman to be promoted to principal dancer in ABT's 75-year history (2015).
    She has been a vocal advocate of making ballet more inclusive to young girls of color.

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