Ballet dancer

The Grunin Center features ballet dancer Misty Copeland in the virtual installment of the Blauvelt Lecture Series on September 16


originally published: 08/17/2021

(TOMS RIVER, NJ) — American Ballet Theater principal dancer Misty Copeland joins the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. for a virtual speaking engagement as part of from the Blauvelt speaker series.

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Born in Kansas City, Missouri, and raised in San Pedro, California, Foggy Copeland began her ballet studies at the age of 13. Two years later, at age 15, she won first place at the Music Center Spotlight Awards. She studied at the San Francisco Ballet School and the American Ballet Theater Summer Intensive on a full scholarship and was declared an ABT Coca-Cola National Scholar in 2000. Copeland joined the ABT Studio Company in September 2000, joined the American Ballet Theater as a member of the corps de ballet. in April 2001 and August 2007 became the company’s second African-American soloist, and the first in two decades. In August 2015, Copeland was promoted to principal dancer, making her the first African-American woman to be promoted to that position in the company’s 75-year history. She soon made her Broadway debut as “Ivy Smith/Miss Turnstiles” in the critically acclaimed show. On the city.

In 2008, Copeland was awarded the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the Arts, a two-year fellowship awarded to young artists who demonstrate extraordinary talent, providing them with additional resources in order to reach their full potential. She performed the title role in Bird of Fire in 2012, with new choreography by sought-after choreographer Alexei Ratmansky. In 2014, she made her debut in the lead role of “Clara” in ABT’s production of Nutcracker, also choreographed by Ratmansky. That fall, she made history as the first black woman to perform the lead role of “Odette/Odile” in ABT’s Swan Lake during the company’s inaugural tour of Australia. Misty reprized the role during ABT’s Metropolitan Opera House Spring Season in June 2015, and also made her debut as “Juliet” in Romeo and Juliet. During ABT’s Spring 2017 season, Copeland debuted in the lead roles of Gisele and Don Quixote as “Kitri”, as well as “Miss Praline” in the critically acclaimed Ratmansky Whipped cream. Then, in November 2017, she made her debut as “Aurora” in The Sleeping Beauty with the Australian Ballet in Sydney.

Copeland has been featured in numerous publications and television shows, including CBS Sunday morning, 60 minutes, Today’s show, This week with George StephanopoulosMSNBC Melissa Harris Perry, vogue, Gasoline, Ebony, and People Magazine. She was honored with induction into the National Boys & Girls Club Hall of Fame in May 2012; received the Breakthrough Award from the Council of Urban Professionals in April 2012; received the Young, Gifted & Black award at Black Girls Rock 2013! Price; received a Dance Magazine Award in 2014; was named to the Time 100 list in 2015; and received the 2015 Glamor Magazine Women of the Year Award. In 2018, she received the DVF Award for Inspiration from the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation.

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Copeland’s passion is to give back; she has worked with many charities and is dedicated to mentoring young girls and boys. In June 2013, she was named National Youth Ambassador of the Year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The following year, President Obama appointed Copeland to the Presidential Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition. Also in 2014, she received an honorary doctorate from the University of Hartford for her contribution to classical ballet and her contribution to the diversification of the art form. And in 2015, she traveled to Rwanda with MindLeaps to help launch its girls’ program and establish the Misty Copeland Scholarship. Copeland has been a Turnaround Arts Ambassador since 2016, representing the Gregory Jocko Jackson School in Brooklyn.

She is the author of New York Times hit memory life in motion, co-authored with award-winning journalist and author Charisse Jones; picture book, Bird of Fire, in collaboration with award-winning illustrator and author Christopher Myers; the book ballerina bodya moment New York Times Bestseller; and the New York Times bestselling children’s book Bunheadswith illustrator Setor Fiadzigbey.

The Blauvelt Lecture Series is funded in part by the generosity of the late Bradford Thomas & Eleanor G. Blauvelt and the Wintrode Family Foundation. Additional sponsors for this year 2021 include: Helen M. Earles, Ph.D.; Judi and Stephane Leone; New Jersey natural gas; Novins, York, Jacobus & Dooley; and Arlene and Frank Dupignac, Jr.

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