Misty Copeland

by Sage on March 1, 2016

2015 Tribeca Film Festival - "A Ballerina's Tale" World Premiere

Birth Name: Misty Danielle Copeland

Place of Birth: Kansas City, Missouri

Date of Birth: September 10, 1982

Ethnicity:
*African-American, German (father)
*African-American, Italian (mother)

Misty Copeland is an American ballet dancer. In 2015, she became the first African-American woman to be promoted to principal dancer in the American Ballet Theatre’s 75-year history.

Misty is the daughter of Sylvia Delacerna and Doug Copeland.

She has stated:

I was aware of my race from a very young age. Not in a negative way. Coming from an interracial background, I think it is important to understand who you are. I know so many people of mixed race that have identity issues. My mother spoke of every side of my background with us kids. She also made it clear that even if you are half black, society is going to view you as black, period. My mother is half-black and half-Italian, my father is half-black and half-German. I grew up in California, which is very diverse.

Photo by Prphotos.com

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

bablah May 14, 2016 at 4:34 am

For some reason she reminds me of Ana Kasparian from TYT.

fuzzybear44 May 13, 2016 at 11:38 pm

Oh that’s right, now I remember her. They did that Documentary about her

andrew March 10, 2016 at 5:06 pm

she was born to Doug Copeland and Sylvia Delacerna. Delacerna/De La Cerna/Dela Cerna is a Spanish name.

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