Ballet Dancer

Misty Copeland, member of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, is the first African American female soloist in more than two decades at American Ballet Theatre (ABT), a company she joined in 2000. She actively supports the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and is its Youth of the Year Ambassador. In 2012 she was inducted into the BGCA Alumni Hall of Fame. She recently helped launch ABT’s Project Plié, a national diversity initiative in ballet. Ms. Copeland received the Council of Urban Professionals’ inaugural Breakthrough Award in 2012 and was the Black Girls Rock! Young, Gifted & Black honoree in 2013. In 2008, she received the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the Arts. Ms. Copeland studied at the Lauridsen Ballet Center, the San Francisco Ballet School, and American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive Program.