Her’s Day Thursday

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Today’s Her’s Day Thursday leading lady has a career that is on pointe. She has really raised the barre for herself (I’m cracking up at my hilarious wordplay; you’ll get it in a second becaaaause…). I’m talking about Misty Copeland!

NEW YORK, NEW YORK--MAY 22, 2014--Prima ballerina Misty Copeland will be a make history as the 1st African-American woman to dance the lead role of Swanilda in the famous ballet Coppelia. She will also be a guest judge on "So You Think You Can Dance." Portrait of Copeland taken at Lincoln Center of Mary 22, 2014.  (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times)

 

Misty Copeland was born in Kansas City, MO on September 10, 1982 and later moved to California. When Misty was seven years old, she watched the film Nadia (an AWESOME movie!) that chronicled the life of gymnast Nadia Comăneci. She fell in love with gymnastics (mainly the choreographed floor routines) as well as ballet. She soon joined a free ballet class at her local Boys and Girls Club. The instructor saw her talent at the after school classes and convinced Misty to join her classes at the San Pedro Dance Center.

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As Misty trained, her instructor saw that she was a prodigy. Misty soon gained roles in major productions, earning solos and lead roles in local ballets. It wasn’t until last year, however, that Misty got her “big break”. She was signed as the first African American woman to be promoted to Principle Dancer for the American Ballet Theatre!

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The honors keep coming for Misty, as this year Mattel announced that Misty would be immortalized as a Barbie doll in the company’s “Sheroes” line, featuring famous women who are leaders in their fields!

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For more about Misty and her career, visit her website here!

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