People You Should Know. 5 Facts About Misty Copeland.

Misty Copeland, Black Ballerinas, Project Plie

1. Misty Copeland is the first African-American female soloist in the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) in 20 years.

2. Considered a “curvy” ballerina, Misty Copeland has not shied away from talking about body image.

3. Misty started studying ballet at 13, considered late by industry standards.

4. Misty performed with Prince in 2011, famously dancing on the iconic musician’s grand piano.

5. Misty Copeland is helping to launch “Project Plié”, an initiative aimed at fostering diversity in ballet.

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