Hey influential ladies and gents. Let me introduce you to FBNYC INfluencers Series. This part of the blog will touch base on all the cool men and women in creative industries making huge strides in defining their mark. This month the series will be focusing on black men and women for Black History Month. Some you may know, some you don’t, but I think it will be a great way to inspire your own dreams to flourish. Our first FBNCY INfluencer is the one the only Misty Copeland.
The 5’2 ballet dancer Misty Copeland, born September 10, 1982, is an author, entertainer, and American ballet dancer for American Ballet Theatre (ABT), one of the three leading classical ballet companies in the United States (along with New York City Ballet and San Francisco Ballet).She is the third African-American soloist and first in two decades with ABT, where she has endured the cultural pressure associated with this role.
Copeland was described by many early public accounts as the first African American female soloist for ABT.However, Anne Benna Sims and Nora Kimball, who were with the ABT in the early and mid-1980s respectively,preceded her. As of 2008, Copeland has been the only African-American woman in the dance company for her entire American Ballet Theatre career, nor is there a male African-American since the departure of Danny Tidwell in 2005.In an international ballet community with a lack of diversity,she is a rare African-American ballerina.
Misty is continuing to influence African American girls around the country to go for their dreams. She is now currently starring in Swan Lake and Under Armour. #FBNYCINfluencer