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date: 05 August 2020

Copeland, Misty locked

(10 Sept. 1982– ), American ballet dancer
  • Adebe DeRango-Adem


and first African American woman to be promoted to prima ballerina principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre ABT was born in Kansas City Missouri the daughter of Doug Copeland and Sylvia DelaCerna Her mother was a former Kansas City Chiefs cheerleader When she was three years old Copeland moved with her mother to Southern California While attending San Pedro s Dana Middle School Copeland came to the attention of her drill team coach who noticed her talent and natural grace and encouraged her to take her first ballet lesson at the local Boys and Girls Club Citing Romanian gymnast and gold medalist Nadia Comăneci as an inspiration her first real introduction to the dance world came when ballet teacher Cynthia Bradley observed Copeland s athletic skills and physique and invited her to attend her small ballet school San Pedro Dance Center where a more serious training would begin In ...

A version of this article originally appeared in African American National Biography.

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