An Unlikely Start
While most professional ballerinas started dancing at 4 or 5 years old, Misty Copeland didn't start until she was 13, taking classes at her local chapter of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, where she was discovered and hailed as a prodigy.
A Quick Ascent
Though Misty started dancing at 13, by 15 she had become an award-winning ballerina.
Made to Dance
"You have the wrong body for ballet," reads a rejection letter a young Misty Copeland received in her pursuit of a career in ballet. In Guideposts February 2016 cover story, Misty Copeland shares how she came to love her body and remade the ideal ballerina's shape in her own image. Subscribe to Guideposts digital edition to read Misty's inspiring story.
Guideposts' February 2016 Cover
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The first time Misty Copeland made history was in 2007 when she was promoted to soloist--the first African American ballerina soloist in 20 years.
Achieving Her Dreams
Misty Copeland most recently made history again when she was promoted to principal dancer in American Ballet Theatre's company--the first African-American principal ballerina in ABT's 75-year history. Read more of Misty Copeland's amazing story here.
Misty Chats with Guideposts Behind the Scenes
Watch Misty Copeland share her most inspiring advice behind the scenes at Guideposts cover shoot.
Inspiring Quotes from Misty Copeland
See more beautiful images of Misty Copeland and read her inspiring quotes here.