The Misty milestones keep on coming. Yesterday the new Misty Copeland Barbie Doll, part of Mattel's Sheroes Collection, was announced.
On "Good Morning America," the ABT principal talked about setting an example. She also talked about her feelings about the passing of Prince, who chose her to grace his stage well before she was a national heroine. (Want to know how Misty felt when she got the call from Prince? Read our 2010 cover story here.) Will we some day see a gown for the Misty doll inspired by Prince? If so, it might look something like the one below.
Misty wearing the dress designed for Prince's "Crimson and Clover" video, photo by Matt Karas
Currently the Misty doll wears a costume similar to the one designed by Galina Solovyeva for Ratmansky's Firebird (2010) for American Ballet Theatre. My guess is that when Misty performs an excerpt of this ballet on ABT's May 16th gala at the Metropolitan Opera, many new fans will be in attendance. (See calendar here.)
When she's not at the barre or on the stage—or doing many other things, like guest editing our current issue—Misty helps to guide young dancers. She's an icon to them. Who was Misty's icon? In our May issue, she says that after meeting Ballet Russe dancer Raven Wilkinson, who is also African American, “I've been inspired to help pave the way for the next generation of dancers."
Pacific Northwest Ballet principals Rachel Foster and Jonathan Porretta took their final curtain call on June 9, 2019. Photo by Lindsay Thomas, Courtesy PNB
We all know dance careers are temporary. But this season, it feels like we're saying goodbye to more stars than usual.
Many have turned to social media to share their last curtain calls, thoughts on what it feels like to say farewell to performing, and insights into the ways that dancing has made them who they are. After years of dedicating your life to the studio and stage, the decision to stop dancing is always an emotional one. Each dancer handles it in their own way—whether that means cheekily admitting to having an existential crisis, or simply leaving with no regrets about what you did for love.
We will miss these dancers' performances, but can't wait to see what awaits each in their next chapters.
A previous lab cycle. Photo by Evan Zimmerman/MurphyMade, Courtesy RRR Creative
Choreographic incubator Broadway Dance Lab has recently been rechristened Dance Lab New York. "I found the nomenclature of 'Broadway' was actually a type of glass ceiling to the organization," says choreographer Josh Prince, who founded the nonprofit in 2012.