Wednesday, July 1, 2015

(USA) Ballet dancer Misty Copeland makes history

 The emotional moment of Misty's promotion

(The Washington Post) Misty Copeland made history on Tuesday when she was promoted to principal dancer of the prestigious American Ballet Theatre, becoming the first African-American ballerina to reach the elite dance company's top rank.

Copeland, 32, has become one of America's most famous female athletes, revered for her unlikely ascendance in an art world notorious for showcasing only lithe, white ballerinas.

And her star power has stretched far beyond dance, yielding larger and larger business opportunities off stage as her preeminence onstage has grown. She has authored a best-selling memoir, was featured this year on the cover of Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People," and has starred in a viral Under Armour ad, twirling amid the reading of a rejection letter declaring she has "the wrong body for ballet."

"Bringing on Misty Copeland is the best decision we've ever made," said Adrienne R. Lofton, senior vice president of global brand marketing for Under Armour, the Baltimore-based sportswear giant. "We've always had powerful female athletes, but we've never had a story as dynamic as Misty's, with that underdog mentality she has ... bucking up against all these traditional norms, showing men, women and kids that athletes come in all shapes and sizes."

Copeland, whose new role will start August 1, was widely expected to be among the three women selected as principals this year, following the retirement of longtime American Ballet Theatre dancers Julie Kent, Paloma Herrera and Xiomara Reyes. Copeland has performed many principal-level roles recently, including the female leads in "Romeo and Juliet" and "Firebird," but at the rank of soloist. (read more)


Promotions announced at ABT

Stella Abrera &  Misty Copeland promoted to Principal Dancer

Skylar Brandt, Thomas Forster, Luciana Paris, Arron Scott & Cassandra Trenary Promoted to Soloist

Maria Kochetkova & Alban Lendorf to Join Company as Principal Dancers; Jeffrey Cirio to Join as Soloist. (See full informationn at BT's website)

Ver  American Ballet Theatre en el blog:

La última función de Xiomara Reyes
Xiomara Reyes se despide del American Ballet Theatre
American Ballet Theatre to appear at Havana International Ballet Festival. November 3-6, 2010
El maestro Fernando Alonso cumple 95 años (por Roberto Méndez )
Seis décadas de una Compañía cubana (por Roberto Méndez)

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