Wonder Women of the Week: Misty Copeland

Name: Misty Copeland

Life: September 10, 1982 - Present

Occupation: Ballet Dancer

Super Power: Goddess of Dance

In 2007, Misty Copeland made history by becoming the third African American female soloist and first in two decades, at American Ballet Theatre. On June 30, 2015, she made history again, this time even more significant, when she became the first African American woman to be promoted to principal dancer in American Ballet Theatre’s 75-year history.

Considered a prodigy who rose to stardom despite not starting ballet until the age of 13, Copeland has faced many challenges throughout her career including her race and body type. Yet, she persevered and her performances became events, drawing large, diverse, enthusiastic crowds to cheer her on. When asked what the future holds for her now that she has fulfilled one of her dreams, Misty responded, 'The hard work is just now starting. And I love a challenge.’