The outstanding career of Misty Copeland

The most famous Prima Ballerina today

Misty Copeland has had a great year. She has not just been an outstanding ballerina, her story made her a role model for young dancers.

After becoming the first African-American Female Principal Dancer with the American Ballet Theater in 2015, she became an advocate for diversifying the field of ballet. She has played many roles:

💃 Serving on the advisory committee for the ABT’s Project Plié, a programme offering training and mentorship to dance teachers in racially diverse communities.

💃 Playing a black ballerina princess in „The Nutcracker and the Four Realms„, her big screen debut in a Disney Movie.

💃 As an author, publishing several books: her memoir „Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina (2014), Firebird (2014) and Ballerina Body (2017)

💃 Serving as a model for a Barbie Doll, released in 2016

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💃 Acting as a guest judge during the Divisional Final at NBC’s World Of Dance in 2017

Her net worth is estimated at $500.000. As a Prima Ballerina at the top of the range she earns at least $150.000. The larger earnings come from her endorsements such as Estée Lauder, Oikos, Under Armour, Seiko, Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the Disney’s film role.

Her inspiring story continued in 2019, When she stars as a dancer, shot by Albert Watson in the latest Pirelli Calendar 2019.

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For more information, look on her website

https://mistycopeland.com/

Learn more about her amazing touching life story

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Misty-Copeland

Biography of Misty Copeland by Website of American Ballet Theatre

Born in Kansas City, Missouri and raised in San Pedro, California, Misty Copeland began her ballet studies at the age of 13 at the San Pedro City Ballet.  At the age of fifteen she won first place in the Music Center Spotlight Awards.  She then began her studies at the Lauridsen Ballet Center.  Copeland has studied at the San Francisco Ballet School and American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive on full scholarship and was declared ABT’s National Coca-Cola Scholar in 2000.

Copeland joined ABT’s Studio Company in September 2000, then joined American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet in April 2001 and was appointed a Soloist in August 2007.  Her roles with the Company include Gamzatti, a Shade and the Lead D’Jampe in La Bayadère, Milkmaid in The Bright Stream, the Fairy Autumn in Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella, Blossom in James Kudelka’s Cinderella, Swanilda and the Mazurka Lady in Coppélia, Gulnare and an Odalisque in Le Corsaire, Kitri, Mercedes, Driad Queen, the lead gypsy and a flower girl in Don QuixoteDuo Concertant, the Masks in Christopher Wheeldon’s VIII, Lise in Las Fille mal gardée, the Firebird in Alexei Ratmansky’s Firebird, Flower Girl in Gaîté Parisienne, GiselleZulma and the peasant pas de deux in Giselle, Queen of Shemakahn in The Golden Cockerel, Lescaut’s Mistress in Manon, Clara the Princess, Columbine and one of The Nutcracker’s Sisters in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, Bianca in Othello, a Gypsy in Petrouchka, the Lead Polovtsian Girl in the Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor, the Saracen Dancer in Raymonda, Cowgirl in Rodeo, Juliet and a Harlot in Romeo and JulietSinatra Suite, Princess Florine in The Sleeping Beauty, Odette-Odile, the pas de trois, a cygnet and the Hungarian Princess in Swan Lake, the Waltz in Les Sylphides, the Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Princess Praline in Whipped Cream, leading roles in Bach PartitaBirthday Offering, Brahms-Haydn Variations, Monotones I, and Thirteen Diversions, and roles in AirsAmazed in Burning DreamsBaker’s DozenBallo della ReginaBlack TuesdayThe Brahms-Haydn VariationsBrief FlingCompany BDésirGongHereafterIn the Upper Room, Overgrown Path, Pretty Good Year, Private LightRaymonda Divertissements,Sechs TänzeSinfoniettaSymphonic Variations, Within You Without You: A Tribute to George Harrison and workwithinwork.

Copeland created the Spanish Dance in Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, the Fairy Fleur de farine (Wheat flower) in Ratmansky’s The Sleeping Beauty, His Loss in AfterEffect, and roles in AFTERITE, C. to C. (Close to Chuck), DumbartonGlow – StopHer Notes, I Feel The Earth Move, One of Three and With a Chance of Rain.

Copeland received the 2008 Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the Arts and was named National Youth of the Year Ambassador for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America in 2013.  In 2014, President Obama appointed Copeland to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.  She is the recipient of a 2014 Dance Magazine Award and was named to the 2015 TIME 100 by TIME Magazine.  Copeland is the author of the best-selling memoir, Life in Motion, children’s book Firebird and Ballerina Body.

Copeland was appointed a Principal Dancer in August 2015.

The Nutcracker – a money making machine?

Did you know that the NUTCRACKER Ballet is a cash cow for US Ballet companies?

I read an article in The Economist which stated that this ballet can generate up to 45% of a ballet company’s annual revenue in America. That’s why you can see at least one version in every state. It’s a tradition for families to come together and attend a performance of this famous Christmas ballet. Often, children from ballet schools are involved, dancing in the roles of small mice or toy soldiers. Magic happens when the beautiful music of the Waltz of Flowers starts.

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Die besten Geschenke für Ballettliebhaber

Weihnachtsgeschenke in der letzten Minute!

Weihnachten steht schon wieder vor der Tür. Wie jedes Jahr kommt das mal wieder sehr plötzlich. Jetzt muss noch schnell ein Geschenk für die Freundin her. Warum nicht mal ein Ballettkalender? Oder eine kleiner Glasballerina für den Weihnachtsbaum?

Hier einige Vorschläge zur Auswahl

Eine kleine Glasballerina vom Weihnachtsmarkt

Ballettschuhe als Weihnachtsbaumschmuck

Der Pirelli Kalender 2019 mit Prima Ballerina Misty Copeland

Ballettkalender vom Stuttgarter Ballett

Der Stuttgarter Ballett-Kalender 2019 mit Fotos von Bernd Weißbrod
Foto Bernd Weißbrod

Vom Royal Ballet in London

Zeitgenössischer Tanzkalender von Pina Bausch



Kalender des New York City Dance Projects

Kalender gefunden auf buecher.de

Warum nicht mal ein Familienplaner mit Ballettfotos?

Natürlich darf das Hamburger Ballett nicht fehlen

Aber es gibt noch viel mehr tolle Kalender. Lasst Euch inspirien im Internet.

Anmerkung: Ich poste, was mir gefällt und habe keinerlei finanzielle Interessen. Auch erhalte ich weder Provisionen, noch wurden mir Freiexemplare der Kalender zugestellt!

Disney’s Nussknacker und die 4 Reiche

Zuviel Zuckerguss und zu wenig Ballett!

Wochenlang habe ich mich auf den neuen Disney-Film, eine Neuinterpretation des berühmtesten Weihnachtsballetts NUSSKNACKER, gefreut. Als Primaballerina wurde die fantastische Misty Copeland vom American Ballet Theater angekündigt, als Partner der berühmt berüchtigte Sergei Polunin. Ein wirklich vielversprechende Projekt!

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Nutcracker – a cash cow!

Did you know that the NUTCRACKER Ballet is a money making machine for ballet companies?

I just read an article in The Economist which stated that this ballet can generate up to 45% of a ballet company’s annual revenue in America. That’s why you can see at least one version in every state. It’s a tradition for families to come together and attend a performance of this famous Christmas ballet. Often, children from ballet schools are involved, dancing in the roles of small mice or toy soldiers. Magic happens when the beautiful music of the Waltz of Flowers starts.

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It is Christmas Eve

and Time for Nutcracker

🌅Merry Christmas and happy New Year to all Ballet Lovers🌲

Enjoy these trailers with different interpretations of the most famous Christmas Ballet.

Photo on Top: Nutcracker and Mouse King by Christian Spuck, Ballet Zurich ©Gregory Batardon

5 Christmas gift ideas for Ballet lovers!

It’s only 25 days until Christmas – but there is still enough time to think about Christmas gifts!

Here are my top suggestions for all ballet lovers:

 

Theatre tickets

Invite your ballet loving friend to join you for a live ballet performance and top of the evening with a nice glass of champagne. There’s nothing better than some festive bubbles to enliven your discussion of the performance. The Nutcracker or Swan Lake are perfect ballet choices to get you both in the Christmas mood.

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