Will Misty Copeland Be Named the Most Fascinating Person of 2015?

Barbara Walters with Misty Copeland. Photo by Heidi Gutman/ABC, via ABC. It’s been one heck of a year for Misty Copeland. Although Dance Magazine has been following her career for several years now (check out her cover story from December 2010 here), these past few months have been nothing but forward momentum for Copeland. Now, she’s caught Barbara […]

Misty To Produce TV Show

Can’t stop. Won’t stop. Photo by Nicolay Krosser, Courtesy Copeland Misty Copeland might have yet another credit to add to her ever-growing resume: TV producer. Deadline announced yesterday that today’s most famous ballerina is teaming up with TV-writer Tracy Oliver to executive produce a new one-hour drama series set in the dance world. Fox has ordered a […]

Misty Copeland Gives Jimmy Kimmel a Ballet Lesson

Last night, ballet died. Well, at least that’s what Misty Copeland jokingly said after she tried teaching Jimmy Kimmel how to dance. The segment was part of Kimmel’s return to New York (he’s a native Brooklynite), and all week, he’ll be broadcasting his show from the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Monday night’s episode included a video short in which Copeland […]

Watch An Exclusive Clip from Misty's Movie

Did you catch Misty Copeland on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” last night? She brought her signature pizzazz to a short piece by Marcelo Gomes, accompanied by Yo-Yo Ma. Well, we’ve got even more Misty for you this morning: Her new movie A Ballerina’s Tale will be released in theaters and video on demand starting next Wednesday. And because […]

The Misty Copeland Effect

Misty Copeland’s well-chronicled journey to becoming the first female African American principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre has helped jumpstart conversations about racial representation in ballet companies. But how Copeland’s success may influence ballet training still remains to be seen. Of course, she’s already helped launch ABT’s Project Plié, which seeks to boost racial and […]

Next Up For Misty: The Big Screen

A few weeks ago, while wandering around Baltimore, I found myself at the Under Armour factory, and was dwarfed by a building-sized Misty Copeland sporting her signature sports bra and pointe shoe look. I had the same thought as when I saw all the high-profile hype about her promotion to principal dancer: I know she’s […]

Why Ballet Faux Pas Are So Insulting

There’s been a lot of outrage on my Facebook feed recently. And for once, I actually agree with it. Last week, a video to promote a new app called “Abby Lee Dance Secrets” went up on YouTube. The clip shows Maddie Ziegler demonstrating how to perform an assemblé. The only problem? In addition to demonstrating […]

These Ad Campaigns Show That Dance Sells

Misty Copeland doesn’t typically spend her days balancing on demi-pointe in lace-up sneakers, wearing the briefest of running shorts and a T-shirt knotted jauntily above her hips. But Under Armour’s series of “I Will What I Want” ads presents a portrait of this artist as an athlete—in the brand’s athletic wear. And for the makers […]