Misty Copeland

 

Misty Copeland's curtain call after her debut (photo courtesy American Ballet Theatre)

 

Misty Copeland will dance her Odette/Odile debut in American Ballet Theatre’s Swan Lake on Wednesday, September 3, during the company’s tour to Brisbane, Australia.

American Ballet Theatre soloist Misty Copeland has been all over the news recently, promoting her revealing new memoir, Life in Motion.

It seems like the whole world is fascinated by Misty Copeland. The American Ballet Theatre soloist is constantly featured in mainstream publications, television ads and fashion campaigns (and, of course, in Pointe!).

How come there are still so few black women in ballet? As Dance Theatre of Harlem makes its comeback this year, many dance fans are looking at the rosters of other major American ballet companies, and wondering why, in 2013, there is still so little diversity. Some say the African American community just isn't interested enough in ballet.

Misty Copeland has been one of my favorite dancers to watch this past year. The American Ballet Theatre soloist has always turned heads with her charismatic presence, but lately, she's polished up her technique and added a beautiful sense of nuance to her natural power—and it's made her simply magnetic on stage.

 

Before March comes to a close, I had to share one last photo from our gorgeous "A Day In The Life" shoot with American Ballet Theatre soloist Misty Copeland. This is one of my personal favorites from an overflowing stack of outtakes. Her legs are just so long!